Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Test International Visitors for Road Rules

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Test International Visitors for Road Rules

Article excerpt

IT TOOK me half a year to get used to driving in Australia.

In Malaysia, there aren't many road rules and even if you broke any, you were able to talk your way out of a ticket rather easily.

Until I came here, I never knew what tailgating meant. In my first two weeks here, I was abused by drivers for cutting lanes, overtaking cars without giving other cars enough room and for turning right at the lights without even realising I had to give way to oncoming traffic.

While it was stressful, luckily my Australian partner, who knew the road rules in and out after breaking them all at some point, taught me how to drive like an Australian.

It took me more than a year to train myself to look at the speedometer on the dashboard, keep an eye on the speed limit on the road while focusing on the traffic, cars and road signs all at the same time. …

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