'Happens every day': Basic road rule question sparks online debate

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A road rule question about roundabouts has sparked fury because drivers seemingly choose to ignore it or don’t know it.

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads posed the question to people on Facebook on Monday.

They pictured an orange car in the left lane with arrows pointing left and straight ahead. In total, the roundabout has four entry and exit points.

“Are they legally allowed to go all the way around the roundabout from their position in the left lane?” the department wrote.

An orange car is pictured at a four-exit roundabout.
Can the orange car drive all the way around? Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland)

The answer, of course, is no. The orange car can, however, use the first exit and the second exits.

In the roundabout pictured, the orange car would have to be in the right lane to do the manoeuvre in the question given the right lane has a right turn arrow and an arrow pointing straight ahead.

But if they were hypothetically in the right lane, they wouldn’t be able to use the first exit.

While many got the question right a number of people expressed frustration drivers seemingly don’t know the rule.

One woman simply wrote: “no, but they do”.

“Sometimes I wonder what’s the point of knowing the rules these days when so many others don’t,” another woman wrote.

Another woman wrote “it happens everyday” at a roundabout she’s used.

“Had this happen to me while I was on the bike,” one man wrote.

“Hope they enjoyed buying a new headlight.”

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