Police say drivers most confused about roundabout rules

IT WILL come as no surprise to anyone who lives on the Fraser Coast that a lot of our drivers aren't very good at using roundabouts.

Senior Constable Melanie Ryan spends a lot of her time giving presentations to Fraser Coast schools and community groups, providing information on the top 10 road rules people get confused about.

The number one issue raised in those forums was roundabouts, she said.

People were most often confused about whether they had to indicate to exit the roundabout if they were going straight (they do) or which lane they needed to be in if it was a dual-lane roundabout.

Go to tmr.qld.gov.au and search for "road rules refresher" to find out.

Snr Const Ryan said education was the key to avoiding confusion when it came to understanding road rules.

"We tend to get very comfortable in our driving style," she said.

People often also needed clarification on give way signs and stop signs, she said.

Educating parents as well as young people was equally important because they were often the ones teaching their children how to drive, Snr Const Ryan said.

In the past few months, Snr Const Ryan has visited the Hervey Bay Probus Club as well as neighbourhood watch groups to spread the message and to clear up confusion.

The National Transport Commission has released a package of proposed road rule amendments for public consultation this week.

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