The history of hook turns – why does Melbourne have them?
We like to think of hook turns as something distinctly ‘Melbourne’, but the traffic rule has been implemented around the world for almost a century.
‘Go left to turn right' might sound like a riddle, but to Melbourne residents the phrase makes perfect sense, eventually. Like trams and laneway street art, hook turns are something commonly regarded as iconic to Melbourne, a traffic quirk that is a point of pride for locals and a cause of concern for tourists.
However, hook turns used to be a common road rule right across Australia and are still to this day used in several locations around the world to ease congestion and improve safety.