U Can Drive's latest quiz question.
U Can Drive's latest quiz question.

Are you confident with road rules? Solve this brain teaser

WHEN driving instructor Rick Armitage shares brain teasers online, he is always pleased to see a majority of people are aware of specific and sometimes lesser-known road rules.

However, his first quiz question of 2018 has stumped a lot of people, with many getting the answer incorrect.

The picture shows two cars, on two separate roads, coming up to an intersection and wanting to continue travelling north.

The road running east to west has a solid white line running down the middle dividing the two-way street.

The solid line was the issue for many people, with them responding that the cars actually weren't able to travel straight ahead.

It hadn't occurred to Mr Armitage, who operates U Can Drive, that people would respond with this answer, as he hadn't designed it to trick people that way.

"A lot of people were saying they had to find another way around because there was a solid line but that is not the case," he said.

"You are allowed to cross a single solid white line if you are entering or leaving the road."

He said it was different with overtaking.

"You are not permitted to overtake another vehicle where you must cross a single solid white line unless you need to cross the line to avoid a hazard or obstruction, you are obeying a traffic control device or you are overtaking a bicycle."

According to Mr Armitage, the correct answer is:

The blue car can continue straight ahead without indicating as the two roads just line up. This is called a staggered intersection.

The green car must indicate right first and then once across the line they must indicate left. This is because the two roads don't line up and are essentially turning right then left.

Mr Armitage said he enjoyed sharing the brain teasers and educating people.

"We are getting a great response with the quizzes. My intent is for most people to get it right but for those who don't it is a learning experience and I can educate them."


According to RACQ, Queensland learner driver competencies have been exposed as new data showed 40% of people had failed their driving test.

RACQ's head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said preparation was key to passing the driving test.

"Getting your licence is one of life's great privileges and it's an exciting time for any young driver," he said.

"But getting behind the wheel is a huge responsibility and it's vital we properly prepare our next generation of road users. It's not just about getting a licence - it's about being safe."

Mr Spalding said learner drivers were required to get 100 hours driving experience before attempting the test, but that this should be considered a minimum.

"The reality is you can't be too prepared. We need to make sure drivers have exposure to good weather, bad weather, day and night driving, as well as driving in light and heavy traffic," he said.

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