Other common road rules
Some of Queensland's other general road rules relate to:
- high beam headlights
- fog lights
- level crossings
- riding in the back of a utility
- securing your vehicle
- driving with animals.
You must have your headlights, tail-lights and number plate lights on when you drive at night or in bad weather that causes reduced visibility (such as heavy rain).
If you are driving during the day in fog or in other bad weather with reduced visibility, you may drive with your front fog lights on, with or without your headlights.
You must not have your headlights on high beam if another vehicle is closer than 200m to you—this includes when you are following someone and when they are driving towards you.
You may flash your 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.
A level crossing is any location where a road and a railway meet at substantially the same level, regardless of whether it signed. It is also where a road and tram tracks meet at substantially the same level, however these crossings must be signed at the entrances.
A level crossing includes any adjacent area with painted cross hatched road markings.
Stopping and giving way at a level crossing
You must stop at a STOP sign or STOP line and give way to any trains on, approaching or entering the crossing.
You must give way at a GIVE WAY sign or GIVE WAY line to any train on, approaching or entering the crossing.
Entering or leaving a level crossing
You must not enter a level crossing if:
- warning lights are operating, or warning bells are ringing
- a gate, boom or barrier at the crossing is closed, or is opening or closing
- a train or tram is on, or entering the crossing
- an approaching train or tram can be seen, or is sounding a warning, and there would be a danger of a collision if the driver entered the crossing
- the driver cannot drive through the crossing because it, or the road beyond, is blocked.
Once you enter the level crossing, you must move off the crossing as soon as you can do so safely.
At a level crossing where boom gates or flashing lights are not installed, extra care should be taken.
- Slow down, or stop if facing a STOP sign, and look both ways and listen for trains.
- Take extra care if the sun, fog, vegetation or buildings obscure your view of the train tracks.
- If you have stopped for a train, before proceeding, check that another train is not following or coming the other way.
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.
If you are involved in a crash, you must stop and if you are able, give your contact details to:
- any other driver
- any other person injured in the crash or their representative
- the owner of any property or vehicle that has been damaged from the crash.
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.
Travelling inside a vehicle
It is an offence to drive with an animal in your lap or to drive when you don't have proper control of your vehicle. We recommend animals travelling inside your vehicle be restrained in some way for the safety and welfare of the animal and the occupants of the vehicle. The road rules do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle.
Travelling outside a vehicle
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. Read more about transporting dogs in utes.
Read about the rules for horse riders, animal-drawn vehicles and leading your animal when walking.