American expat stunned by U-turn rule

A California woman now living in Queensland has revealed the traffic rules she wished she had known before moving to Australia.

An American woman now living in Australia has been stunned by a traffic rule she says is the opposite in the United States.

A TikTok user, who goes by the name Jaylee Promise on the platform, shared a clip pointing out the big differences when it comes to driving a car Down Under.

Jaylee, who is originally from California and now lives in Queensland, started by noting the most obvious fact – that Aussies drive on the left side of the road with the right-hand drive, while Americans drive on the right with the right-hand drive. steer on the left side of the car.

“Was it easy to master? No. Did I finally get it? Yes I did. Should you be afraid to ride with me? Maybe,” Jaylee joked.

“OK. Big difference number two. You can’t make a U-turn anywhere in Australia.

“It is illegal to make a U-turn unless there is” this one sign that says ‘U-turn allowed’. In America, however, it is the opposite. Motorists can make a U-turn at any time and in any light,” Jaylee said.

“Unless there’s a sign that says you can’t make a U-turn.

“Luckily a cop didn’t see me when I first U-turned here,” she joked.

However, Aussie TikTok users were quick to point out that it’s different in every state.

‘In South Australia you can turn anywhere unless it says you can’t. So basically the same as the US,” one person wrote.

“In SA, you are only allowed to stand at an intersection with traffic lights if there is a sign. While in Victoria you can, unless there’s a no U-turn sign,’ added another.

Meanwhile, in NSW, motorists are not allowed to make a U-turn at traffic lights unless a ‘U-turn Permitted’ sign is displayed.

In WA, you can make a U-turn on roads with only one lane of traffic in each direction, unless otherwise instructed to do so.

On a road with two or more lanes in one direction, you may make a U-turn unless otherwise instructed, but you must turn from the lane closest to the center of the road.

Also in Australia NO if these rules apply if your [sic] be in a hurry!” one person joked.

Jaylee was also stunned that you are not allowed to go through red at most traffic lights.

“You can’t turn left in Australia [even] stay close to the curb if the (back)light is red. You just have to wait for the light to turn green,” she said.

“That was a big difference for me because my friend yelled at me the first time I made a small turn through a red light.”

There are instances when motorists are allowed to turn on a red light, provided it is safe and there is a sign.

Jaylee then showed a photo of the Bruce Highway in Queensland next to a photo of a highway in California.

“There are two lanes on either side,” she said of the Australian highway.

“This is highway 405 where I live in California — it has six to seven lanes on either side.”

For her latest difference, she pointed out that in America they have carpool lanes.

“In America we have these little numbers called carpooling, that’s this little alley way off the side. It kind of stands on its own.

“You are only allowed on this track if there are two or more people in your car – so for people who carpool together. So if you have a kid in the car, a friend or whatever, you can go fast. It’s really helpful.”

We have similar lanes in Australia, but Jaylee pointed out that she hadn’t seen any yet.

It is called T2 and T3 and it is a passageway that can only be used by passenger transport vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles and vehicles carrying at least two (T2) or three (T3) people.

“Maybe I should have looked up the rules before I started riding here,” Jaylee joked.

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