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Your Parents Are Liars, It’s Legal To Drive With The Light On

Thanks for nothing.

There are some things – tidbits of knowledge, if you will – in life that we just blindly accept.

Things like: if you swallow gum, it’ll stay in your stomach for seven years.

And that swimming after eating will make you ill.

And that driving with the light on inside your car is illegal.

Me driving in ignorant bliss. Source: Giphy

All of these ‘facts’ have one main thing in common – they’re not true.

As mature adults who have their own thoughts, feelings and agency, we figured out the first two were total B.S. a long time ago. But the last one? The one about driving with the car light on? That is one thing I have lived by every damn day since I got my licence.

And for what? Certainly not road safety.

I’m not making this up, I swear. CarsGuide.com.au clarifies that it’s absolutely not in legislation that you can’t drive with the interior car light on.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t get fined.

Me realising my whole world is a lie. Source: Giphy

If a police officer sees you driving along with your interior lit up and believe you are driving recklessly, they have the power to fine you.

But really, that has nothing to do with the light being on and more about our ability to drive well. Something which – shameless brag – I don’t have to worry about.

Homer knows the go. Source: Giphy

So, taking a sip of water while driving is officially more illegal than driving with a bright thing shining in your face.

What other driving myths have we just been blindly obeying?

What else did my dad lie to me about?

Well, for one, driving with thongs on/bare feet is totally fine too.

Is it uncomfortable? Sure. Slightly bogan? Definitely. Will it get you booked? Nope.

Driving with nothing on your feet actually gives you a better feel of the pedals so, if anything, it’s recommended (okay, not actually).

Using your fog lights when not driving through fog or mist is also totally fine. You can use them as you please on dark roads or in other situations – day or night- where visibility is low, so long as they don’t pose a hazard to other drivers. Those things are B-R-I-G-H-T.

Can relate. Source: Giphy

The ‘Keep Left Unless Overtaking’ rule is another misunderstood road rule. It’s developed into the ‘right lane is the fast lane’ rule which is, technically, not true.

The right lane on highways is not there for faster drivers – you cannot and should not just cruise along at high speeds. On multi-lane roads with a speed limit of more than 80km/h and/or where there is a Keep Left Unless Overtaking sign displayed, motorists can only drive in the right-hand lane if they are overtaking, turning right or making a U-turn, avoiding an obstacle or driving in congested traffic. Otherwise you must be in the left lane.

Capish? Great.

Finally, no you cannot run over pedestrians crossing the road where there isn’t a crossing. If a person is walking across an intersection, they have the right of way. Even if you have to hit the breaks to avoid them because they’re being selfish and crossing where and when they shouldn’t be.

Anyone else suddenly feel like they need to sit their drivers license test again?

An Open Letter To: People Who Don’t Indicate When Driving

IT’S THERE FOR A REASON.

Dear driver,

I’m so glad to see you’re alive and well given your reckless driving habits.

Oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about? That doesn’t surprise me. You’re the kind of person who has absolutely no self or spatial awareness.

Don’t give me that look. Look at yourself instead. Do some deep self-reflection. Do you like what you see? Can you genuinely say you’re proud of the type of driver you are? Do you really believe not indicating when you want to make a turn is okay?

Don’t answer that. Instead, just listen.

You not indicating when driving is bad conduct. First of all, if you were to do your driving test again, you would be failed on the spot. Which says a lot.

(mostly it says that L platers drive better than you).

You not indicating when driving is selfish. It proves you have no care outside of yourself.

You not indicating when driving is disrespectful. You don’t care about other drivers on the road- not for their sanity or their safety. You willingly put everyone at risk, including yourself, every time you don’t flick that indicator.

It’s like you’re asking for an accident. Or, at the very least, asking for someone to give you a piece of their mind (there are a lot of angry drivers on the road) (trust me).

Now I know, I know, it’s not always deliberate. Sometimes, you don’t know where you’re going or you’re daydreaming or you have to make a sudden turn. It happens. I understand. I’ve even been guilty of it myself (watch: nobody’s perfect by Miley Cyrus).

BUT (and this is a big but), I know a serial offender when I see one. You’re not a slow driver or a lost driver. You’re the person who speeds around the roundabout without indicating because you can.

You’re the same kind of person who will change lanes and not say thank you, and speed through a red traffic light at the last second.

You, dear driver, are the type of person I watch and hope a cop catches and fines.

That’s right, not indicating is a fineable offence. $180 and two license points (in NSW).

Ya know what they say: karma’s a bitch.

Love,

A law abiding citizen.

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