Millions of Australians drive their cars every day. However, despite so many Australians on the road, not all drivers are fully aware of all of the road rules that dictate traffic. While most road rules are obvious, some are less so, and with this in mind, we thought it important to bring to light these rules! That way you can better understand them and be less likely to be caught off guard and hit with a heavier than expected fine. 

Is eating behind the wheel a finable offence? 

There is no explicit rule against eating while driving. However, you may still be fined if you are considered to be distracted or out of control while on the roads. Eating while driving is broadly covered under NSW Road Rule 297. The ruling stipulates that the fines can range from $448 and three demerit points, which climbs to $561 and four demerit points if in a school zone when caught. 

Is playing loud music a finable offence? 

A lot of drivers love to listen to music while they drive. However, you can be fined if it’s deemed too loud. If you are given a verbal warning to turn the sound down from your car stereo and you choose to ignore it, you could be penalised. Depending on the state you are in, this fine can be as much as $200. So, while we understand how great it is to listen to loud music while you drive, make sure that if an official asks you to turn it down – you do!

Is splashing pedestrians by driving through puddles a finable offence? 

You should always avoid driving through big puddles, particularly if there are pedestrians nearby. They may be walking somewhere or even waiting for a bus. If you are caught deliberately splashing pedestrians as you drive, you can be hit with a $177 fine and three demerit points. So, if you are driving in the rain, avoid the big puddles, or drive slowly if they are unavoidable! It’ll be better for the people on the side of the road, and will also be better for your wallet, too. 

Is using your lights to warn other motorists of speed cameras a finable offence? 

We have all been there. Wanting to help other motorists avoid fines by speeding. The commonly used flash of lights is a simple yet effective way to let other road users know that there is a speed camera ahead of them. While this isn’t explicitly illegal, it can be construed as an attempt to dazzle other road users. This offence is illegal, and it’ll come with a fine of $110, plus a single demerit point. 

Is using your car horn improperly a finable offence?

Under road regulation 224 of the Australian road rules, it is a fineable offence to use your horn for any purpose other than to warn other road users or animals of the approach or position of the vehicle. Improper use of your horn while driving carries a $337 fee.

Driving is a tricky business and you should be on high alert at all times while navigating the roads. These rules and regulations are set in place to help you do just that – while also respecting the roads, the people, and the environment around you.