Road Safety FAQs in Australia

Road Safety

Below are some Road Safety FAQs in Australia to make your driving holiday in Australia more enjoyable and safer:

Is an international driver’s licence needed to drive in Australia?

Yes. Driving in Australia requires a valid international driving permit. This must be accompanied by the driver’s licence that was issued in the country in which you live.

On which side of the street do Australians drive?

On two-way roads in Australia, drivers keep on the left side. If you are not used to driving on the left, ask your travelling companions to remind you each time you set off and while making a turn at an intersection. Where possible, always use pedestrian crossings and when crossing the street, remember to look to the right, then to the left and to the right again.

Can a car be hired in Australia?

Renting a car can be tremendously cost effective when travelling around Australia by road. However, there are some common requirements right across the car rental industry when you are renting a car in Australia. These include having a valid driver’s licence, a passport for identification purpose and a credit card to use as a type of security.

The majority of major global car rental companies can be found in Australia, including Thrifty, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Budget.

Is not wearing a seatbelt illegal?

Yes. Wearing a seatbelt is required for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle. It is also required that children under the age of 7 be placed in a child restraint that is suitable for the size and weight of the child.

What are the speed limits in Australia?

In Australia, speed limits are enforced strictly. The speed limit is basically the maximum speed allowed on a particular road and this should be adhered to at all times. There are some roads that are without visible speed limit signs; however, the speed limit still applies. You should be particularly careful in school zones and in residential areas.

What are the rules governing driving and drinking alcohol?

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is hazardous and Australia has extremely serious penalties for those caught doing so. While driving in Australia, you are not allowed to operate a vehicle with blood alcohol level at 0.05 per cent or above.

Those with a provisional or probationary driver’s licence should have a zero blood alcohol level when driving. Driving after drug use that affects your driving ability is illegal and severe penalties are attached.

Can my mobile phone be used while driving?

No. When driving, you are not allowed to use handheld mobile phones. This includes receiving or making calls, browsing the web, texting or playing games.

Do Australia’s roads have rest areas?

Travelling long distances in Australia is common. Therefore, planning your journey to include rest breaks is wise. It is also smart to ensure you have sufficient petrol for your trip. There are rest areas conveniently located every 80 to 100 kilometres (49 to 62 miles) on main roads and highways.

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Common Driving Mistakes!

Driving Mistakes

It doesn’t matter how skilled someone is we are all bound to make mistakes and here are some of them:

1. Driving around on Tire Pressure that’s Low

Having the correct tire pressure is important for driving safety. Incorrect pressure can affect your car’s handling, braking, fuel economy, your comfort while riding and the life of your tires. Tire pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (psi) and each manufacturer recommends the best psi for their vehicles.

2. Running your car on the Wrong Fuel

By using higher octane fuel where lower is specified, you will create no problems with your engine. It does not (by popular belief) add any power to your engine, but will not harm it at all. Worst case scenario is you’ve just wasted some money by buying the more expensive fuel.

The best kind of octane is that one which your manufacturer recommends to make sure that things do function as they should.

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3. Adjusting your, Rear and Side-View, mirrors properly

You should make sure that your rear view mirror has the full view of the back window. It is especially important that the driver sets the mirror in such a way that their eyes and not their head moves when checking this mirror.

Each of the side mirrors should be adjusted wide enough to be able to gain fully view of any blind spots. The mirrors should have some part of the side of the car in its view.

4. Going Slow In the Overtaking Lane

There are regular highway/freeway drivers out there that do know the frustration that is associated with getting behind someone who is holding up traffic on the fast lane, and on occasions doing this by travelling at ridiculously slow speeds. It is important to note that on the Freeways it is illegal to travel 20 km below the speed limit when traffic is free flowing.

If you are found not doing the required speed and thereby interrupting the flow of traffic you can be fined.

When driving always consider other road users and consider the effect your action will have on others, driving is like a team sport (with the only difference being) that we are all playing for this same team and the need to look out for each other to reach our goal (destination) safely is paramount.

5. Going Too Fast

Speeding or rushing is simply not the best way to drive and the results of that is:

1) Greater chance of an accident
2) Reduced reaction time
3) Increased braking distance
4) Increased fuel consumption
5) Increased maintenance cost

6. Use of Headlights

It’s always good to switch on your lights at dawn, dusk and during bad weather and obviously at night. Studies have shown that keeping them on at all times can help to reduce the chances of having a collision by up to 10%.

Keeping your light on for safety far outweighs the cost of replacing a blown light globe.

7. Sitting Position behind the Wheel

Some drivers feel more comfortable with the extra leg room by sitting too far back, but this can cause a real lack of control and delayed reaction time when something out of the ordinary occurs.

8. The Switching of Lanes

Switching lanes at the last minute to make a left or right turn can be very dangerous. It is important to have the signals on for at least 30 meters which is about the time required for other road users to work out what it is you intend doing.

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9. Amber/Yellow lights – Stop if it’s Safe to do so

  • If from a distance the light is Green, plan your approach i.e.
  • Tell yourself, from a distance – if it turns amber I will stop –
  • Keep repeating this until you get closer to the lights and if it is still green –
  • Tell yourself, if it turns amber I will go
  • If you do have to stop suddenly for whatever reason, you MUST (I can’t emphasis this enough) check your rear view mirror to see if it is safe to do so.

10. Paying Attention to Signs

This is very helpful especially if you are in unfamiliar territory, signs take away a lot of the guess work. If you see a sign take note of it, because there may be a need for you to use it.

11. Driving Through Too Much Water

If it’s a large puddle make every effort to go around it rather than through it, if you have to go through it do it with caution just as you would with debris, branches or anything out of the ordinary.

Damage to the vehicle could be expensive, so be careful

We thank you for taking the time to read through this and the other entire articles that we have published and would welcome an queries you may have in regards to driving and/or being safe on the road.

Please call Defensive Driving School for any information you may need, we are here to help.

How to Pass Your Driving Test

Tips for Passing your Drivers Test

If you want to pass your driving test, you should make sure that you know the most common reasons that people fail so that you can avoid making these mistakes.

List of the most common mistakes

Below is a list of the most common mistakes that people make when taking their driving test. Since the most experienced and proficient drivers often make some of these mistakes at one time or another, it is important that you are careful not to make them during your driving test.

Failure to stop at a Stop Sign: When you come to a stop sign, you must come to a COMPLETE stop. You should wait for a second or two before you continue to drive. If you stop short of the stop line, you should move up to the line and then come to another complete stop.

Excessive Speed: Excessive speed can result in a failure. You don’t want to go any more than 5k over the speed limit.

Not Doing Head Checks: When you are moving away from the kerb, when you change lanes, when you merge, or when you move into a path or deviate from a path, you should do a complete head check. Avoiding head checks can result in a serious accident and it will result in a potential failure.

Not checking if the Vehicle is Road-Worthy: Before getting in the vehicle, you should check your tyres, lights, and mirrors.

Causing a Potential Crisis: If you do something on the road that could result in a traffic crisis, you could fail your test.

The Inability to Perform Any Part of the Test: When you take your test, you will be required to drive forward, to turn, to back up, to parallel park, and to master bay parking. If you cannot do something that is required, you could fail.

Failure to Give-Way at Give-Way Lines: If you come to a give-way line and you don’t stop if another vehicle is coming, it could result in a failure.

Losing Control of the Vehicle: If you cannot control your vehicle, you could fail your test. This could be stalling the vehicle, switching to the wrong gear, rolling backward, and coasting or riding your clutch. If you don’t steer properly, if you over rev your engine, and if you cannot use your windshield wipers, you could also fail.

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There are certain critical errors that can be made that will cause you to fail immediately. Minor errors may not result in a failure, however, if you make too many small mistakes, it can result in a failure.

Failure to Signal: You should signal 5 seconds before you reach the kerb. It should be about 30 metres before you turn if it is possible. You also need to properly signal at roundabouts. You should make sure that your signal has canceled within 3 flashes after taking your turn.

Giving the Instructor a Reason to Intervene: If the assessor needs to intervene during the test to keep you from getting into an accident, you will fail.

Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: If you don’t obey the traffic laws, road marking, and regulatory signs, there is a good chance that you will fail

Inability to Follow Direction: If you cannot follow any of the directions given to you by your assessor, you could fail.

You should understand that the driving test is very structured. Many people think that they will fail by making the wrong maneuver one. Oftentimes, you can get another attempt before you fail.

It is important that you practice driving and improve your skill. Unlike the maneuvers, you only get one chance to get your driving technique correct. If you make a driving error, it often cannot be rectified.

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Reasons Why You Won’t Be Allowed to Take Your Driver’s Test

There are a few reasons why you would be prohibited from taking your driving test on your scheduled date.

• Insufficient ID
• If your logbook isn’t filled out correctly
• If your vehicle is not road-worthy (burned out or cracked lights, bad tires, seat belts that don’t work, a cracked windscreen, etc.)
• If your vehicle doesn’t have dual controls, it must have a handbrake mounted in the center.
• If you are late for your scheduled appointment. You should arrive 10 minutes early.

Driving Test in Perth

The driving test in WA takes an average of 35 minutes. During this time, you will need to drive to the best of your ability. You need to avoid making mistakes. You need to drop any bad driving habits that you may have before taking your test.

There are certain critical errors that can be made that will cause you to fail immediately. Minor errors may not result in a failure, however, if you make too many small mistakes, it can result in a failure.

If your goal is to get your driving license as quickly as possible, Defensive Driving School can help you achieve that goal whether you are driving a manual or automatic car. They have proven to be a responsible training organization where thousands of students every year achieve their goals in obtaining their driving licenses.

Guide for Driving Safely in the Country

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A road trip will make you to escape the daily grind by allowing you to explore our beautiful country. However, driving on a country road is not the same as city driving. Driving safely in the country is important. Below are tips that will facilitate a less stressful and safer country journey.

When you are planning the route, consider the following:

1. Places of interest
2. Traffic volume
3. Weather and how it will affect driving conditions
4. Rest areas and where to find motels and service stations
5. Location of towns
6. Condition and types of roads
7. Number of creek crossings and bridges
8. Speed limits

Plan Your Travel Time to Avoid Fatigue

Fatigue can lead to a serious car crash that can sometimes be fatal. Do not drive for too long without resting. As they usually say- stop, revive, and survive.

Plan Your Travel so That:

• You have a good night sleep before you drive, starting your journey fresh.
• You do not drive for more than eight hours in a day.
• You start your trip early and try not to drive at night.
• You take a break after every two hours.

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Drive Safe, Drive Smart. Drive Defensive.

Prepare Your Car

To be prepared for a long drive consider the taking the following:

1. A fire extinguisher
2. A small tool kit that has radiator hoses, spare fan belt, globes, fuses, adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, and pliers
3. Torch and spare batteries
4. Tire pump, tow rope, and jumper leads
5. Reflectorised triangles
6. First aid kit
7. Before your journey, check the tires, water, and oil. Ensure that all the tires and the spares are properly inflated and have sufficient thread.
8. If you are towing a trailer or caravan, double-check your tires. If you have only used your tires once or twice during the last 12 months, they can easily blow out or puncture.
9. Check the sidewalls and thread of the tires to make sure that they are in good condition.

A car should be thoroughly checked before a long journey. It should also be checked if it has been unused for a period of time or kept in storage. According to Whatstorage, it is common for car owners to damage their car after it has been kept in storage for a period of time. Cars levels should be checked prior to long journeys or long periods of storage.

Finally, Drive Safely in the Country While Observing All the Road Rules

Before your journey, make sure that you understand all the road rules. Doing so will reduce the risk of accidents.
While on the road, always stay alert. Look out for road obstacles and changing road conditions. Before you embark on your country trip, visit the internet or listen to the radio to confirm road conditions. There might be construction works or obstacles on the route that you are planning to take.

If you will travel with kids, keep them entertained so that they do not become a distraction to the driver. Be ready for hazards and pay attention to road signs.

The Bottom-Line

The Australian country has a lot to offer. Exploring the Australian country should be on your bucket list. It will surely be a memorable experience. You will enjoy every single moment of your trip. To make your journey safe and memorable, plan.

‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’

Why Using a Mobile Phone When Driving Is Dangerous

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The use of mobile phones while operating a vehicle is a common practice even though most people may not admit to it. Mobile phone usage poses significant threats while on the road, which is why it is advised against.

Checking one’s mobile phone while driving causes distraction, and that quadruples the probability of an accident. Rear-end crashes and run-off-the-road collisions are the most frequent types of accidents that result from drivers using mobile phones on the road.

Compromised Judgment

Calling or texting while driving is dangerous because it impairs various capacities like:

• Reaction time
• Ability to judge distances between cars and other objects
• Maintaining correct road positions and the required speed limits
• Awareness of other road users
• Visual search patterns

The Dangers of Mobile Usage while Driving

Checking a handset while operating a vehicle hinders concentration, which is why using a mobile phone when driving is dangerous. It is hard to assess the environmental conditions and decide where to turn or what distances to keep when half the focus is on a phone’s screen.

Multitasking when driving slows down reaction time, which can be the difference between swerving in time to avoid a pedestrian or causing a deadly accident.

Drivers, especially new ones, should learn a few basics of minimizing crash risks when on the road.

Studies reveal that young drivers who use their phones while driving are not capable of handling the various demands of multiple mental, perceptual, and physical tasks involved. Even when using a phone to check messages or the GPS, the risk of crashing increases fourfold.

To boost the safety of drivers, authorities have regulations about the usage of mobile phones. For example, all cell phone functions are prohibited for P1 provisional drivers and individuals who hold Learner’s Permits. The ban does now allow loudspeaker operations, GPS, text messaging or even using hands-free mode to answer/receive calls.

How to Stay Safe

Drivers, especially new ones, should learn a few basics of minimizing crash risks when on the road. The responsible action is to leave the voicemail to pick up a message instead of answering a call when driving.

However, in cases of urgent calls that cannot be directed to voicemail, a driver must get off the road safely and park before answering. Better yet, a driver can schedule breaks, particularly during long trips to make calls.

It is not advisable to look up numbers, send, or read text messages while driving because it takes eyes off the road. Friends and family members should be told not to call when they know one is driving.

The dangers of mobile phone usage while driving do not affect just the responsible party but other road users as well hence, the need for caution.

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SLOMO Law for Emergency and Breakdown Vehicles

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Attending a roadside incident can be risky and even life-threatening. However, from 2nd March 2018, workers will be able to respond to roadside incidents without worrying too much about safety concerns. Stationary vehicles will have flashing lights which will signal oncoming cars to slow down, switch lanes or limit speed to 40 kilometres per hour.


The SLOMO law has been introduced by the state to guarantee the safety of persons who attend roadside incidents in Western Australia.

Under the new law, all motorists are required to limit their speed to a maximum of 40 km/h when they encounter flashlights from incident response vehicles. If possible, they should switch to the next lane.

What SLOMO means

SLOMO is an abbreviation for Slow Down, Move Over. The law stipulates that drivers should slow down when approaching stationary emergency automobiles, tow trucks, incident response service vehicles and motor-break down vehicles which display flashing lights during an incident.

The law covers vehicles under the WA police force, St John Ambulance, Fire Department and emergency services, break-downs, main roads WA and towing service vehicles.


• Why SLOMO is important

The purpose of this new law is to guarantee a safe environment for workers when responding to incidents on our highways.

• At what point should you slow down?

It’s a requirement for drivers to slow down if they are approaching in the lane where flashing lights are erected. Your maximum speed should be 40 km/h.

• What if you are approaching from the opposite side of the road?

The law does not apply to vehicles approaching from the lane on the opposite side of the road. However, if the incident occurs in the midsection of the highway, then traffic from both sides will be required to slow down.

• When should you move to the next lane?

If several lanes are traveling in the same direction, drivers should only switch lanes if it’s safe to do so to give incident response personnel space to perform their duties.

• The penalty for contravening the SLOMO laws

Offenders will face a penalty of three demerit points and $300 for obstructing police, fire and ambulance services.
You must clear the way to grant passage to emergency and breakdown vehicles flashing blue or red.

Make use of your vehicle indicators to convey your intentions to drivers of the response vehicles. Do not drive through a red light. Failure to grant emergency vehicles the right of passage attracts a penalty of 4 demerit points and $400.

All the details concerning the law and penalties are contained in the road traffic code 2000.

This law is for the protection and good of policemen, ambulance offices, tow truck drivers and civilians. People who are regularly involved in road side accidents such as welcome the new laws for Australians and hope to see something similar implemented in the US. This law will save lives and make Western Australian roads safer.

How to Reduce Anxiety While Driving

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Overcoming Driving Anxiety


Many people have phobias. A fear of spiders and a fear of heights are common. Some people are afraid to ride in a car and others experience the fear while they are driving, trying to keep themselves safe.

For some people, the fear is so strong that they have panic attacks while they are driving even if they aren’t afraid of the car itself. There are types of automobile anxiety. Each type requires a different technique to keep the person calm while in the car.

Any Type of Stress Can Cause Anxiety

Anything that can stress a person out can result in anxiety. As most drivers know, driving can be stressful. When you are driving at high speeds, you need to dodge drivers that may not be skilled or experienced. Some people have anxiety about driving if they had a bad experience behind the wheel or if they have seen frightening news reports about car accidents.

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Anxiety came on for no reason. Driving anxiety is normal and it is more common than you think. Fortunately, it can be cured.

2 Most common causes of driving anxiety include:

1. Panic Attacks While Driving

One of the most common causes of driving anxiety happens when a person has a panic attack while driving. A panic attack can take over your body and mind, making it difficult to concentrate on anything else. The panic attack will escalate your anxiety.

You will feel like there is no way out and that you are putting your life in danger.
Soon, you will be afraid to get into a car because you will be afraid to suffer another panic attack. Sadly, because of the way panic attacks work, the fear of getting into a car can cause another panic attack.

2. Dangerous Situations

Anxiety can occur as a response to a dangerous situation or fear of a dangerous experience. For example, if a person is in an accident or if they were almost in an accident, it can make them afraid to drive. Hearing about accidents or seeing a serious accident can also contribute to the fear of driving.

It is possible to experience driving anxiety over a period of time. When you have small amounts of stress that are spread out over a period of time, it can result in serious anxiety. Since driving can always be stressful, it can be difficult for these people to overcome their fear.

Tips to Reduce Driving Fear

Overcoming a fear of driving can be a lengthy process. Although overcoming the fear of driving can be challenging, there are a few tips to help you get through it.

  • Face Your Fear

Facing your fear is often easier said than done. If your fear is so serious that you cannot even get into a car, facing your fear may not be possible. If you can get up the courage to get into a car, you won’t need to avoid driving. Even if you have anxiety, you need to keep getting behind the wheel. Once you face your fear, it will get easier and easier each time until the anxiety and panic attacks subside.

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It is important to make sure that you are not adding to your anxiety when you drive. Always drive within the speed limit.
  • Don’t Add To the Anxiety

It is important to make sure that you are not adding to your anxiety when you drive. Always drive within the speed limit, check your blind spots, and signal before you turn. One of the problems that people have, when they suffer from driving anxiety, is validating their fear by putting themselves into dangerous situations. If you can avoid doing this, you will see that driving is not as scary as you made it out to be.

  • Drive In Slow/Safe Areas

If you drive in an anxiety-free environment, it can be very helpful. This is especially true if you must drive long distances where you can become bored or tired. You can start by finding a large, empty parking lot and drive around for a bit. The longer you are driving, the better you will feel. This is especially true since there are no dangers around to worry about. The more bored you get with driving, the better you will feel.

  • Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness equals awareness. If you know the signs of your stress and tension, you might be able to talk yourself down. If you find yourself gripping your steering wheel too tightly, if your mind is wandering to dangerous thoughts and worries, or if you start shaking, you can learn to control these emotions. If you do this, you will see a big improvement in your overall stress. Mindfulness requires you to pay attention and address the stressors one by one until you feel relaxed.

  • Generalized Anxiety Techniques

In addition to the tips listed above, you can use the traditional anti-anxiety strategies for generalized anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks. These are extremely valuable. These treatments are not designed specifically for driving, they will address your thoughts and the symptom issues related to your driving anxiety. These methods can help you get behind the wheel without any stress of panic.

Driving can be a daunting experience, but with Defensive Driving School, we will be with you every step of the way. You can reach us out today.

Roundabout Rules in WA


What is a Roundabout?

It is an intersection where the traffic flows around a circular junction. There are certain instances where the roundabout might be anything but circular and the way to recognise this is to be aware of what a roundabout signage looks like. A roundabout can have anything from 3 to any number of exits.

Its purpose is to regulate a continuous flow of traffic. Road rules are in place to produce a better combination of travel safety and efficiency which would otherwise cause traffic to degenerate into a disorganised mess.

How to Use a Roundabout?

• Slow down as you approach the intersection.

• Give way to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway.

• Watch for signs and directional markings.

• Enter the roundabout if the gap in traffic is sufficient.

• Drive in a clockwise direction around the roundabout until you reach your exit. Do not stop or overtake other vehicles.

• If you miss your exit, continue around until you return to your exit.

Roundabout Rules in WA

When turning left at a roundabout:

  • Make your intentions clear by indicating left
  • Indicate early giving enough warning to both following and approaching traffic
  • Most times you will exit from the left but on the odd occasion where you will need to exit from a lane other than the left be sure to indicate and check your blind spot i.e. over your shoulder, before doing so.

When making a U-turn at a roundabout, or when turning right:

  • Make your intentions clear by indicating right
  • Indicate early giving enough warning to both following and approaching traffic
  • Indicate your intentions to turn left prior to the exit.

When driving straight through a roundabout:

  • Do not indicate on entry
  • Indicating left, prior to the exit.
  • If you have to change lanes, indicate your intentions and make sure that it is safe to do so.
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Road rules are in place to produce a better combination of travel safety and efficiency which would otherwise cause traffic to degenerate into a disorganised mess.

Some History & Information

Roundabouts or circular junctions, as it was called, date back to 1768 but it was not until the 1960s that the modern roundabout was in fact created.

In Britain, mandatory road rules for roundabout use were introduced in 1966. In America however, it was the 1990s when rules were introduced and at that time it was confusing for a lot of drivers and because of it many drivers were opposed to it.

Roundabout Penalties

  • 3 demerit points and a fine of $150 for failure to give way at a roundabout.
  • 2 demerit points and a fine of $100 for all other offenses in regard to not correctly using a roundabout.

We hope this creates more awareness and understanding of how roundabouts ought to be used.

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General Tips for Merging Safely

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Tips for Merging Safely (A two-lane merge)

Check Your Mirrors

You must periodically check your side and rear-view mirrors for cars that are around you. This applies to merging, changing lanes and moving off from kerbside.

Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you and take turns to merge, if there are long lines of merging traffic.

Use of Indicators

You want the other road users around you to have sufficient time to see what you are planning to do and make the proper adjustments to react properly to it.

Always use your indicator to signal your intentions early to other road users when merging. You want the other road users around you to have sufficient time to see what you are planning to do and make the proper adjustments to react to it.

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Learning the correct steps to merging can help to reduce driving anxiety.

Match the Speed of the Other Road Users

Try to match the legal speed of the road you’re merging into, without speeding up to get your vehicle ahead of others.

Check Out Your Blind Spot

Just before you change lanes turn your head and glance quickly over your shoulder. This move is vital to avoid cars that you may not have seen in your mirror!

Avoid Slowing Down Or Stopping

Be certain to always maintain the speed the other traffic is going at when seeking to merge safely, slowing down or being overly cautious may have the opposite effect.

Obey The Traffic Laws

Traffic rules must always be obeyed, one example, crossing a continuous white line to merge is against the rules.

Give Way to Other Drivers

Understand that the other drivers not looking to merge have the right of way and it is your responsibility to yield to them and not vice-versa.

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Always remember that when two lanes are merging into one, the car in front is the one that has the right of way.

Take Your Time

You will often have 15-20 seconds to merge onto the highway. Use it carefully and adjust your speed properly to make your entry.

Into The Next Lane, Make A Smooth Transition

Allow the car to merge at a relaxed but steady and consistent pace.

WA Merging Rules

Always remember that when two lanes are merging into one, the car in front is the one that has the right of way. In the case of multiple marked lanes, be certain to give way to the vehicles in the lane you are seeking to enter.


Always use your signal to advise the other drivers of your intentions.
Make every effort to match the speed of the lane you are seeking to enter into.

The most important thing you can give to your family is yourself. If you want to take driving lessons and know how to drive safely, contact us right away.

New freeway and highway merge lines (by main roads department of road safety)

The problem

Merge points are often congested on freeways and highways in peak periods as through traffic must allow for incoming vehicles causing disruption to speed and traffic flow. Previously, where there were no dotted line markings at merge points, the vehicle in front would have right of way. This has often caused issues regarding which vehicle has priority, with some motorists speeding up just to get in front.

The solution

New merge lines have been introduced at all freeway and highway on-ramps to prompt motorists to get up to speed and merge into traffic in the same way as changing lanes. While new to Perth, merge lines are common practice in other states around Australia.

A total of 85 sites on our freeways and highways have been painted with new merge lines in an effort to improve traffic flow.

New merging rules

Here’s how the new rules work.

  1. Get up to speed and indicate.

Once you’ve got up to speed with freeway traffic, indicate and merge into the next lane – just like when you are changing lanes.

  1. Merge earlier.

Don’t leave it to the last minute – be sure to merge right as soon as you’re at speed and it is safe.

  1. Let people in.

Drivers on the freeway should have a gap to let new traffic from the merge lane in or move right to make more room.