US expat baffled by U-turn rule

A Californian woman now living in Queensland has revealed the rules of the road she wishes she had known before moving to Australia.

An American woman now living in Australia has been puzzled by a rule of the road that she says is the opposite in the United States.

A ICT Tac The user, who goes by the name of Jaylee Promise on the platform, shared a clip highlighting the big differences when it comes to driving a car Down Under.

Jaylee, who is originally from California and now lives in Queensland, started by noting the most obvious fact: Australians drive on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right, while Americans drive on the right side with the wheel. on the left side of the car.

“Was it easy to find your way around? No. Did I end up having it? Yes I did it. Should you be afraid to drive with me? Maybe,” Jaylee joked.

“OK. Big difference number two. In Australia you can’t turn around anywhere.

“It is illegal to turn around unless there is this sign that says, ‘U-turn allowed’. However, in America it is the opposite. Motorists can make a U-turn at any time, at any light,” Jaylee said.

“Unless there’s a sign saying you can’t turn around.

“Lucky a cop didn’t see me the first time I turned around here,” she joked.

However, Aussie TikTok users were quick to point out that it’s actually different in every state.

“In South Australia, you can shoot anywhere unless otherwise specified. So the same as the US basically,” one person wrote.

“In South Africa you cannot at an intersection with traffic lights unless there is a sign allowing it. Whereas in Victoria you can do that unless there is a sign saying no turning around,” another added.

Meanwhile, in New South Wales, drivers are not allowed to make U-turns at traffic lights unless a “U-Turn Allowed” sign is displayed.

In WA, on roads with only one lane in each direction, you may turn around unless it is posted that it is not allowed.

On a road with two or more lanes in one direction, you are allowed to make a U-turn unless it is indicated that it is not allowed, but you must turn from the lane closest to the center of the road.

“Also in Australia NONE if these rules apply if your [sic] hurry!” one person joked.

Jaylee was also puzzled that most traffic lights don’t allow you to run a red light.

“In Australia you can’t turn left [even] staying close to the sidewalk, if the (opposite) light is red. Just wait for the light to turn green,” she said.

“It was a big difference for me because my friend yelled at me the first time I did a little turn on a red light.”

There are instances where motorists are allowed to run a red light, provided it is safe and there is a sign.

Jaylee then showed a shot of the Bruce Highway in Queensland next to a photo of a highway in California.

“There are two lanes on each side,” she said of Australia’s highway.

“It’s the 405 freeway where I live in California – it has six to seven lanes on each side.”

For her final difference, she pointed out that in America they have carpool lanes.

“In America, we have these little numbers called carpools, which is this little lane off to the side. It’s kind of on its own.

“You can only be in this lane if you have two or more people in your car – so for people carpooling together. So if you have a kid in the car, a friend or whatever, you can kick things into high gear. It’s really helpful.

We have similar lanes in Australia, but Jaylee pointed out that she hasn’t seen any yet.

It is called T2 and T3 and it is a transit route that can only be used by passenger service vehicles, cycles, motorcycles and vehicles carrying at least two (T2) or three ( T3) people.

“Maybe I should have checked the rules before I started driving here,” Jaylee joked.

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