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Simple road rule question stumps hundreds of Australian drivers – so can you answer it?

‘Obviously they have to give way!’ Simple road rule question stumps hundreds of Australian drivers – so can you answer it?

A road rules quiz about which car has right of way when merging has left drivers divided. 

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads shared an image of an orange car attempting to change lanes to Facebook.

The car, which was travelling alongside a blue vehicle, was required to merge because their lane was coming to end.

‘You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it,’ the post read.

A road rules quiz about which car has right of way when merging has left drivers divided

‘The driver of the orange car needs to merge into the same lane as the blue car—but who has to give way?’ 

Facebook users were torn over who had right of way, with many explaining the reason for their decision.

‘The orange car but that never happens especially in Brisbane as they think they have the right to just push in – mostly without even looking,’ one viewer wrote.  

Another wrote: ‘Obviously the blue car has to give way with enough notice! Unlike when you’re the blue car and you see the orange car speed by to get in front of you and just pulls out in front of you!’ 

But the department questioned the latter commenter and encouraged them to double-check the rules.

The department explained a driver whose lane is coming to an end must give way to traffic that’s ‘already in the lane you’re moving into’.

One driver wrote: ‘WOW! I have been driving in Australia for 20 years and never knew this’. 

Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads shared an image of an orange car attempting to change lanes to Facebook on Monday

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads shared an image of an orange car attempting to change lanes to Facebook on Monday

‘So in this case it’s the driver of the orange car who has to give way to the blue car.’

Some viewers said it was ‘disturbing’ how many fellow drivers didn’t know the road rules.  

‘If you answered blue please make your way to your nearest transport department and hand your licence in thank you,’ one wrote.

‘It’s honestly disturbing how many people are getting this stuff wrong,’ commented another.

A third added: ‘It is staggering the number of people who do not know the road rules.’

The department explained a driver whose lane is coming to an end must give way to traffic that's 'already in the lane you're moving into'

The department explained a driver whose lane is coming to an end must give way to traffic that’s ‘already in the lane you’re moving into’

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