#6 – Keep Left Unless Overtaking

#6 – Tuesday, 13 December 2016 – Keep Left Unless Overtaking

Traffic Tuesday graphic - Keep Left Unless Overtaking

It’s a bit of a no-brainer really… Keep Left Unless Overtaking – and NO that doesn’t mean you can speed to overtake!

IN SHORT – THE RULE IS:

Keep as close as practical to the left side of a road if there is:

  • a speed limit of more than 80km/h (e.g. 90km/h, 100km/h).
  • a keep left unless overtaking sign.
  • no marked lanes – so that you’re on the left of any incoming vehicle.
  • only one lane going one way – so that you’re on the left of the dividing line.
  • a median strip in the middle of the road.
  • two or more lanes going the same way.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE:

You can drive in the right lane when:

  • overtaking a vehicle in the left lane – NO you can’t speed to overtake.
  • driving and traffic in the left lane is congested – NO a couple of cars does not mean congested.
  • driving and the left lane is a ‘slow vehicle turnout’ lane – BUT, if you are driving slow in the right lane and there is a car behind you should be courteous and move into the left ‘Slow vehicle turnout lane’.
  • turning right – and you have your indicator on and it is safe to.
  • doing a u-turn – and you have your indicator on and it is safe to.
  • approaching a left lane must turn left sign and you’re not turning left.
  • avoiding a hazard on the road – and it is safe to.
  • avoiding a bike on the road – and it is safe to.

Further details can be found on pages 4-5 of the Tasmanian Road Rules: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/109566/Tasmanian_Road_Rules_2015_for_web1.pdf