Australian drivers are stunned by a simple quiz about the traffic rules about merging – so which car should give way?
- A simple question about the traffic rules about merging posted by RACQ left drivers baffled
- The question which car had to give way in scenario A and scenario B
- Scenario A showed a blue vehicle in the left lane indicating exit from an end lane
- Scenario B showed a blue vehicle in the same situation, but road markings continued
A simple question about merging traffic rules sparked a passionate online debate and as a result has baffled many Australian drivers.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) posted the quiz to Facebook on Wednesday featuring two different scenarios to test drivers’ knowledge.
The company asked motorists to correctly determine which vehicle had to give way in both scenarios.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) posted the two scenario quiz on its Facebook page on Wednesday to test drivers’ knowledge of merging.
In the scenario A depiction, it showed a blue vehicle signaling to leave the left lane and merge into the right lane where a yellow vehicle slightly behind was occupying the lane.
In the Scenario B image, the blue vehicle was again seen to leave the left lane, but in this case the dotted line road markings continued along the road.
RACQ offered four different answers to choose from.
‘A) Yellow in scenario A, blue in scenario B.’
‘B) Blue in scenario A, yellow in scenario B.’
“C) Blue in both scenarios.”
“D) Yellow in both scenarios.”
The question divided social media users and quickly sparked a deluge of response from passionate drivers
The question divided social media users and quickly sparked a deluge of responses from passionate drivers.
The majority of drivers believed that the yellow car should give way in scenario A, while the blue car should give way in scenario B.
One user wrote: 6’A. Blue car has right of way in A, no lines, and stands in front. Yellow car has right of way in B because there are queues.’
“The correct answer is A. Too many people think that yellow has to give way in scenario B. Out of courtesy, yes, many do, but in scenario B the blue car must always be willing to give way,” said another.
While a third user wrote: ‘If there is a broken line, the car crossing it gives way. If there is no line, the following car gives way.’
However, some individuals disagreed with the majority of Facebook and had differing opinions about the traffic rules.
One user wrote: ‘D, both are a slip lane and blue is ahead with turn signal on.’
“I know there are rules, but I let the one lead the way. It’s the easiest way I think,” said another.
While a third claimed: ‘In reality, neither will. Both will try more quickly to beat the other.’
Some motorists were shocked by the number of motorists who did not know the traffic rules.
One person wrote: ‘I’m just blown away by how many people actually have no idea about the traffic rules. No wonder there are so many accidents and deaths on our roads.’
After confusing the drivers, RACQ later intervened and revealed that option A was the correct answer as the yellow car had to give way in scenario A and the blue car had to give way in scenario B.
The organization added: “When merging at a location without markings, the car behind it must give way, but where your lane ends, as indicated by markings, you must give way to a vehicle in the lane you are entering.”