Expressway Rules

The key importance of road rules and signs is for maintaining safety. There are many obstacles and dangers on the road that can cause harm and put drivers at risk. These rules apply to vehicles, road users on roads and general public.

Joining the Expressway from an entry road

  • As you enter the entry road, give a change of direction signal early.
  • When safe, accelerate along the entry road to merge with the expressway traffic at the same speed.
  • Wait well back in the entry road until you see a safe gap in the freeway/expressway traffic.
  • Take care that traffic in front of you has cleared the entry road.
  • On entering the expressway, keep a safe following distance for the higher speed.

Leaving the
Expressway

  • If you are not going to the end of the expressway, you will leave by an exit road.
  • Watch for signs warning you that the exit is near.
  • Move into the appropriate lane in good time.
  • Keep indicating when you join the exit road and then reduce speed in the exit road.
  • Take care – when you have been driving for a while at a steady fast speed, it is hard to judge slower speeds – 80 km/h may seem like 60 km/h. Check your speedometer.

Not permitted on Expressways

  • Make U-turns.
  • Reverse.
  • Park or stop other than in emergencies.

Note: Pedestrians, motorbikes below 400 cc and animals are prohibited from using the expressways unless otherwise indicated.

Safety Measures on the Expressway

  • Respect the speed limit.
  • Don’t use your phone while driving.
  • Reduce driving speed during and after bad weather.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Always drive cars in good mechanical condition.
  • Keep left.
  • Only use the right lane to overtake.
  • Maintain a safe distance of 60 metres from other vehicles while driving on the expressway.