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At RACV, we’re often asked to clarify Victorian road rules. Here you can find out general information about how to properly perform a certain turn or manoeuvre, why there’s no such thing as “right of way” and what’s considered to be the safest driving distance to keep between vehicles. You can also visit our YouTube channel to watch our playlist of Road Rules videos.
The summaries RACV provide on Victorian road rules are based on the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017. We make sure to reference the exact rule where possible. When reading, keep in mind that we’re providing general information, not legal advice. If you’re looking for specific questions on any legal matter, consult with a lawyer for help.
There’s no rule stating that it’s illegal to reverse out of a driveway, however you can’t reverse unless it’s safe to do so. When reversing ensure you give way to any traffic on the road and any pedestrians or bicycle riders on the footpath before you back out. This means checking all your mirrors, looking left and right, and backing out with caution. You can use your horn to warn others.
There’s no such thing as “right of way” in the Road Rules. The rules talk about giving way to other road users. All drivers need to be courteous on our roads and follow the appropriate line markings and signs in the area.
Keep left unless overtaking applies on multi-lane roads with a speed limit above 80km/h. Even when signs aren’t enforcing the rule, it’s courteous and practical to keep left on all multi-lane roads where possible as it helps the traffic continue to flow.
We often receive feedback that the rules for exiting a roundabout in NSW, QLD and SA are different to Victoria. While some Victorian road rules are different, when exiting a roundabout, they’re similar – indicating is required.
Here are the key things to remember:
Before entering, indicate as you normally would – left to turn left, right to turn right, no indicator if you’re going straight.
When you exit the roundabout, indicate left if practicable.
To turn into a multi-lane road you must follow any road line markings that indicate how the turn must be made. Where there are no line markings, you can turn into any available lane in the direction you are turning into.
Yes. The simple rule to remember for U-turns is to give way to all other vehicles and pedestrians. This includes giving way to vehicles turning left from a slip lane at the intersection or a side street.