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5 road rules you didn't know that will cost you thousands

5 road rules you didn't know that will cost you thousands

Driving is a point of contention for many as a majority of people have their own ideas as to what is proper road etiquette and what isn't.

However, some of these more obscure road rules have left people in shock as they simply were unaware. Did you know these rules existed?

1. Keeping your pet unsecured in your vehicle

If you're driving in NSW and don't have your pet secured in your vehicle (which means Fluffy is riding in your lap or shotgun without a seatbelt), you can expect a $425 fine and a loss of three demerit points.

If that's not enough, the RSPCA can issue penalties if the animal is injured because it was unrestrained to the tune of six months' jail time and fines of up to $5,500.

2. Not slowing down enough for emergency vehicles

New speed limits in South Australia have been introduced around emergency vehicles which require drivers to slow down to 25km/h. Failing to do so will result in a hefty fine depending on the speed you're going.

For example, if you're travelling at a legal 80km/h and an emergency vehicle speeds by, you'd suddenly be over the legal speed limit by 55km/h and would be hit with a fine of $1,036, a loss of nine demerit points and a six-month licence suspension.

In NSW, Victoria, WA, QLD and Tasmania, the speed limit is 40km/h.

3. Going barefoot while driving

There's no fine for this one, but it's a commonly mentioned urban myth. It's perfectly legal to drive around without shoes on, it just might make things a bit uncomfortable if you're in an accident.

4. Tossing fruit out the window

Although you might think you're helping the environment because it's bio-degradable, police have other ideas. If you throw fruit outside your window in the presence of a police officer, it'll result in a littering fine which varies across the country.

5. Not indicating for long enough

Last but not least, indicating habits vary from state to state. However, in South Australia, failure to indicate for at least five seconds before moving from a stationary position can result in a $317 fine and a loss of two demerit points.