driving lessons road rule misconceptions

Misconceptions on Road Rules

Tips for learning to pass your test. My information has been taken from the TMR Q-Safe manual.

This week we are covering the most misconceptions on driving and some basic questions I get asked.
Over my 18 years of teaching, I get many parents that have outdated rules, they pass onto their children.  This is some of the rules, in which I have come across, that I think are important to know.

Steering Control

Performance outcome steering operation
The applicant should operate the steering device in an appropriate manner. That is, hand over hand or the pull-push method.

­ Operates the steering wheel incorrectly, that is:

  • Places hands inside the rim of steering wheel
  • Steers with one hand only (except for when reversing and when operating vehicle controls)
  • Steers using the palm of one hand
  • Holds the steering wheel with arms crossed or in a manner that restricts movement of the wheel (for example, one arm resting on door).

Right Lane Driving

When to drive in the right lane.
Drivers in a multi-laned road where there is a keep left unless overtaking sign or where the speed limit is over 80 km/h must keep the right lane free unless there is a legally acceptable reason.

For example, where a left lane must turn left sign applies to the left lane and the driver is intending continuing straight ahead, where a right turn is anticipated or where traffic in each other lane is congested.

Staggered Intersection

A staggered intersection is cross-road where two opposing arms of the intersection are offset (see below)

driver lessons staggered offset intersection

Staggered intersection requires no indicator to proceed through

Combination Turn

driver lessons combination intersection

Combination turn does require indication to proceed.

Mutli-Lane Left Turn

Left Hand Turns in a multi-lane situation, a vehicle turning left may turn into path A, B or C

driver lessons multilane intersection

Mutli-Lane Right Turn

Right Hand turns.
Appropriate Lane positions (A, B) for turning right into a two-way multi-lane road.

driver lessons multi lane right turn

Driving Test Vehicle Pre Check

How to pre check your vehicle is road worthy for a driving test.

Before you leave to conduct your test, you will need to check

  • Tyres, tread and air pressure.
  • Windscreen clear from cracks and clear view for the driver.
  • Tail lights (all) functioning – including the rear window light if fitted.
  • Indicators are functioning front and rear (side mirrors if fitted)
  • Clean from rubbish and debris.
  • Seat belts should be functioning – retractable both ways.
  • Registered (not impacted by the Takata air bag recall)

If in doubt, book a driving school to take you for your test.  Please give as much time to book a driving school in advance.

  • TMR is now paper free, when it comes to driving tests, you do NOT need to print out any forms,


  • you MUST have a current Learners licence with you on the day of the test.
  • Your log book needs to have been lodged and approved prior to the test date (if applicable)
  • Complete your Hazard Perception Test PRIOR to arriving at the TMR centre.

What is a Manoeuvre?

  • Hill Start
    To go forward on a hill without rolling back to go forward
  • Turn around
    Commonly referred to as a 3-point turn. Turn the vehicle around without using a driveway or intersection and only using the confines of the road, without hitting a kerb – you actually get 5 movements if needed.
  • U-turn
    This can be used in a few different ways, you may be asked to turn the car around from the side of the road or at a T section or a R section.
  • Straight Reverse
    Reverse the vehicle around 30 metres without diverting towards the kerb or the centre of the road.
  • Reverse Park – Park your vehicle behind an already park vehicle within the confides of allowable space


Why use a driving school over parents teaching their children?
Think of this! If you need a haircut, you go to the barber or Hairdresser, yes you can do it yourself, but if you want a good job, you go to a professional, learning is very much the same.

Think about how many hours a day, you drive your car? How many hours a day do you use science or maths, you allow a teacher to teach these important subjects.  Let a professional teach your child the correct way.  Not to just pass a test, but to implement the correct methods of driving.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I will be adding further information weekly to help you to teach your student to be a better driver.  If you would like to know some topic, please email me your question, I will answer it on the next blog. Email a Question