Play your music too loud? Honk your horn for the wrong reasons? It could cost you.
We've been warned about the penalties for speeding and drink driving, but you can also be fined for playing music too loud or driving too slowly.
Here are some Queensland road rules you might not know you're breaking.
If you are in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol you have committed an offence. This can include situations where you are sleeping in the vehicle.
While pushing your cars stereo to its limits may seem like a fun idea, it can burn a hole in your pocket. If you ignore a verbal warning or instructions from police to turn the volume down, you may be slapped with a hefty fine.
Warning other drivers isn't prohibited (not specifically) but using your high-beam lights to warn others within 200m is an offence and it could dazzle the approaching driver.
Drivers everywhere know they can be fined for speeding, but motorists can also be potentially fined for driving too slowly. Driving too far below the speed limit is an offence as it can be considered obstructing the path of other road users.
If you're trying to eat, drink, fix your makeup or are just distracted from the road, you can be fined for failure to drive with due care and attention.
The driver is responsible for ensuring everyone in the car is safely secured. All children under the age of seven are required to use an appropriate child restraint.
It is an offence for anyone to ride in the back of a ute. Drivers must make sure your passengers do not travel in any part of the vehicle that is not designed for passengers. The passenger carrying area must be an enclosed part of the structure of the vehicle.
It is an offence to drive with an animal in your lap or to drive when you don't have proper control of your vehicle. The road rules do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle. However,It is recommended that drivers restrain animals inside their vehicle for the safety of the animal and occupants of the vehicle. If an animal is carried in the tray of a ute, or in a trailer, it is classed as a load and must be safely restrained.
You must have your headlights, tail-lights and number plate lights on when you drive at night or in bad weather that causes reduced visibility (such as heavy rain).If you are driving during the day in fog or in other bad weather with reduced visibility, you may drive with your front fog lights on, with or without your headlights.You must not use fog lights in clear weather conditions, whether it is day or night.
Cars get dirty, it's a fact of life, but drivers must ensure their number plates are always readable or face a hefty fine.
While it's tempting to get your car off the road in narrow streets, it's a fineable offence to park on a footpath as it is hazard for pedestrians.
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