How hard can it be?

The changes to the road rules, which happen at 5am tomorrow morning, are worrying some people, but how hard can it be?

Jim Hopkins, with tongue in cheek says it could be tricky:

It’s going to be chaos. There’s no two ways about it. The very best place for any of us come 5am on Sunday will be between the sheets, not on the streets. Better bed than dead is the advice, unless, of course, we’re happy to let chaos reign and the scuppers run with gore.

Because that’s what will happen, sure as eggs. We’ll be like Lamborghinis to the slaughter out there; dithering, dallying and desperately trying to remember what we’re supposed to do and when we’re supposed to turn. . . .

But seriously, it isn’t that hard: give way to the right except when turning left; and give way when turning right unless you’re moving from a through road covers the main changes.

The effect of this is that left turning vehicles will no longer have to yield to those turning right and those turning right from the terminating leg of a T intersection will have to give way to anyone turning right form the through road.


6 Responses to How hard can it be?

  1. Andrei says:

    In principle not hard at all but when you do things on a regular basis, such as washing dishes or driving you do not engage conscious thought to do them.

    e.g After filling the sink you do not think “I now have to reach under the kitchen sink to get the detergent and squeeze a few drops into the water in the sink. It just happens.

    So it is with driving – which is why this rule change is going to be a boon to panel beaters and spray painters


  2. homepaddock says:

    Fair point Andrei, though there was so much confusion over the old rules I don’t think the new ones will be any worse.


  3. JC says:

    Actually, its going to be a test of whether IQ and/or education has improved since 1978.

    Back then there was a gloomy assessment of mayhem on the roads, but it went swimmingly even though it was by international agreement a dumb change.



  4. Alwyn says:

    “Give way to the right except when turning left” you say.
    If you are coming up to a cross roads where you will turn left, and a car is coming straight through the crossing from your right I suggest that you DON’T follow your interpretation of the rule. You will be hit from the right and won’t have anyone to blame.


  5. jabba says:

    we want to create a country considered high tech and yet a huge amount of people are saying they don’t get this change .. good grief


  6. homepaddock says:

    Alwyn – good point, I was thinking only of the instances affected by the new rules where one vehicle is turning left and the other right.


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