Other common road rules
Some of Queensland's other general road rules relate to:
- high beam headlights
- fog lights
- riding in the back of a utility
- securing your vehicle
- reporting crashes
- driving with animals.
You must not switch your headlights to high beam if another vehicle is closer than 200m in front of you.
You may flash the headlights briefly before overtaking another vehicle, but make sure they do not dazzle other road users. You may be fined for incorrectly using your high beam lights.
You can only use front or rear fog lights if it is difficult to see other vehicles or objects due to poor weather conditions—such as heavy rain or fog.
You must not use fog lights in clear weather conditions, whether it is day or night.
It is an offence for a person to ride in the back of a utility (ute).
You must make sure your passengers do not travel in any part of the vehicle that is not designed for passengers. The passenger carrying area must be an enclosed part of the structure of the vehicle.
Passengers must be seated and restrained according to the seatbelt and child restraint rules.
You must secure/lock your vehicle before leaving it parked on a road. Your vehicle is considered unattended when you are more than 3m away from it.
Before you leave the vehicle you must:
- switch off the engine
- apply the parking brake
- remove the ignition key if there is no one 16 years of age or older in the vehicle
- wind up the windows if possible—a gap of 5cm or less is acceptable
- lock the doors if possible.
This rule applies to all road-related areas, including car parks.
You must report a crash to the police if:
- a vehicle involved needs to be towed away
- any driver involved fails to provide their details to any other drivers involved in the crash
- any person involved is killed or injured.
The road rules do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle. However, it is an offence to drive with an animal in your lap or to drive when you don’t have proper control of the vehicle. We recommend that animals travelling inside a vehicle should be restrained in some way for the safety and welfare of the animal and the occupants of the vehicle.
However, if an animal is carried in the tray of a ute or in a trailer it is classed as a load and must be safely restrained. Information on restraining loads is available on our Load restraint page.