Driving on the roads in Queensland, like any other state in Australia, requires a certain level of knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations that are in place to ensure the safety of all road users. In this blog, we will explore some of the key rules of the road that drivers in Queensland need to know and follow to ensure safe and responsible driving.

First and foremost, it is important to understand the rules of the road that apply to all drivers in Queensland. These include observing the speed limit, which is generally set at 100 km/h on open roads and lower in built-up areas and school zones. It is also important to keep a safe following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, as this will help to avoid collisions in the event of sudden braking or other unexpected events.

Another key rule of the road in Queensland is the requirement for all drivers to give way to pedestrians when turning at an intersection or entering a road from a driveway. This means that drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary to allow pedestrians to cross safely. Similarly, drivers must also give way to pedestrians when exiting a car park or reversing out of a driveway.

When driving on multi-lane roads in Queensland, it is important to use the correct lane for your intended direction of travel. This means that drivers should stay in the left lane unless they are overtaking, turning right, or exiting to the right. It is also important to use turn signals when changing lanes or turning, as this helps other road users to anticipate your intentions and adjust their own driving accordingly.

In Queensland, it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless you are using a hands-free device or are making an emergency call. It is also illegal to drink and drive, with a strict blood alcohol limit of 0.05% for fully licensed drivers and zero tolerance for drivers who are under the age of 25 or who are on a learner or provisional license.

When driving in Queensland, it is also important to be mindful of the road conditions and adjust your driving accordingly. This includes driving to the conditions of the road and the weather, as well as being aware of any road works or other hazards that may be present.

Finally, it is important to remember that driving is a shared responsibility, and it is everyone’s duty to act responsibly and safely on the roads. This includes following the rules of the road, being courteous and considerate towards other road users, and driving defensively to anticipate and avoid potential hazards.

In conclusion, the rules of the road in Queensland are designed to ensure the safety of all road users and to promote responsible driving. By following these rules and exercising caution and care while driving, we can all play a part in keeping Queensland’s roads safe for everyone.

Author: Dion Changuion, YLOODrive, Mindset and Business Coaching