World's Strangest Traffic Laws
Making Hook Turns, Australia
As if it weren’t
hair-raising enough driving on the wrong side of the road down under, Melbourne offers an extra wrinkle—the hook turn. When making a right turn, you’d
normally be in the right lane. But if you see a sign for a hook turn, get into
the far left lane. Enter the intersection far enough to make the turn,
then cut a hard right across the entire intersection. The maneuver, designed to
prevent cars from blocking the trams that still ply Melbourne’s central
business district, is mandatory at a number of the city’s intersections.
Penalty: If you make a normal
right turn at one of those intersections, you can expect a fine of about $75
for blocking the intersection.