Knowing the rules might save your life

Do you know what tailgating is, the rules around merging, or who gives way at a roundabout?

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said Road Rules Awareness Week is the perfect time for all road users to refresh their knowledge of the NSW road rules.

“We have around 350 road rules in NSW and they are there to save lives,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Road Rules Awareness Week is a great time for everyone to think about their driving, and aims to help improve the community’s knowledge of the road rules including commonly misunderstood rules.

“It’s important that all road users – motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists– understand and follow the road rules correctly to keep everyone safe on our roads.”

Minister for Police Troy Grant said last year 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads and every 41 minutes someone is either killed or seriously injured and we all have a role to play in bringing down the road toll.

“We know that human error is a large factor in crashes so it’s important all drivers know and understand the rules, obey the signs and keep an eye out when on the road,” Mr Grant said.

“Often it’s the most simple rules people find confusing – for example – who gives way at a roundabout? Or where and when you can legally and safely cross the road?

“This week is the perfect opportunity to find out the answers to those questions and any others you may have.”

Road Rules Awareness Week runs from February 26 to March 4.