Melbourne has some unique roads and driving rules that we haven’t experienced in the rest of Australia. Here are a few things that come up in conversation in our house.
Trams Driving on tram tracks is not a relaxing experience. We have them all over town and sometimes they are designed just to be used solely by trams and other times us cars have to also drive on the tracks. It jostles the car from side to side and feels like you are driving on an icy road – a bumpy, icy road.
When a tram stops in the middle of the street to allow passengers to alight, you must stop behind the tram until the doors close and pedestrians finish crossing the road.
Hook turns – right turns taken from the left hand lane. Why do we have these? I have no idea but they are totally sketchy. We have seen accidents happen right before our eyes and many near misses.
Roundabouts from hell – pedestrian crossings, tram crossings, double and triple roundabouts, signal lights for traffic flow, warning lights to look out for oncoming trams, roads that cross over roundabouts…Mt Alexander Road in Essendon is a total nightmare for drivers. I am literally talking to myself each and every time I drive through here – which is way too frequent for comfort.
Vic Roads rules state that: You must give way to trams at roundabouts and that you must give way to pedestrians and cyclists at crossings. Throw these things in to the mix of crossing this very busy road with a triple roundabout section and holy moly! I have no idea what genius thought up this street but surely there must have been an easier way?