Road rules

Your practical guide to Victorian road rules.

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.

Is it illegal to reverse out of a driveway?

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.

How do I know who has right of way?

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.

See Giving Way for more information.

Are the rules for indicating at a roundabout different in Victoria?

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.

See Intersections and roundabouts for more information.

When can I cross a single continuous dividing line?

You can cross this line marking to:

  • enter or leave the road (e.g. use a driveway)
  • park in angle parking on the opposite side of the road, as long as you don’t need to do a U-turn
  • to avoid an obstruction, provided you have a clear view of approaching traffic, and it is necessary, reasonable and safe to do so.

You can't cross this line to overtake or make a U-turn.

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