Most people over the age of 60 have been driving for decades and know a thing or two when it comes to road rules, but a seemingly simple road rule test has left people on the internet baffled.
On Monday, the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland Facebook page shared an illustration of a very real scenario drivers across the country are faced with on a daily basis.
The image depicts a three-lane highway with an orange car in the left lane attempting to merge to the middle lane, and a red car in the right lane trying to do the same.
“Both cars have indicated to merge into the middle lane, which car should go first?” the post asked.
Drivers were quick to share what they thought was the correct answer, with many believing the red car in the right lane should go first.
One motorist wrote: “All traffic should stay in left lane unless overtaking. Why move to centre lane for no reason.”
Another comment read: “Always give way to your right so the red car.”
A third person added: “Red has the right of way and if it is in the passing lane, the red car should move over out of the way of passing traffic. Red moves over and then the orange can merge in behind the red one.”
After attracting hundreds of comments, the Department of Transport and Main Roads eventually provided the correct answer.
“When changing lanes, you must give way to any vehicle in the lane you are moving into,” the answer read. “In this instance, both vehicles must give way to each other.
“The drivers need to wait until it becomes clear that it is safe for one of them to continue to complete the lane change.”
According to Queensland road rules, drivers must always give way to any vehicle in the lane they are moving into – even if the lane is ending and the driver has to cross a line. A driver is also required to indicate long enough to give warning to other road users.
A video was later posted that explained despite the misconception, drivers don’t need to give way to the right when merging and that there were two rules to remember – depending on the situation.
The first rule to remember is if your lane is ending, you must give way to any traffic already in the lane you’re moving into. If there are no marked lanes but different lines of traffic merging together, you must give way to any car that is in front of you.