If you're planning to drive in Melbourne, be prepared for "hook turn" signs.
Hook turns involve using the left lane to turn right into a road when sharing a road with tram lines.
Sounds unusual? They have a good reason for this.
Hook turns are used to:
- Allow the tram lines to be clear of any obstructions
- Allow traffic that's heading straight to still pass by
Hook turns can be confusing at first, but if you don't comply with the hook turn signs, you could face a $117 penalty.
How To Perform A Hook Turn
- Move to the left lane.
- Indicate right.
- Enter the intersection and keep to the far left.
- Stop at the point where you would turn right. Make sure you're not on any foot crossing markings.
- Wait until the traffic lights of the road you're about to enter turns green.
- Turn right into the road and continue to drive.
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