I was rummaging through my late Dad's motoring papers and found a Motor Traffic Handbook dated August 1966.
Fifty-three years ago hand signals were a standard part of driving.
But what about some of the questions prospective licence holders were asked back then? How would you go?
Try these few:
1) When you are nearing an intersection and there is another vehicle approaching from your right, what must you do?
2) Before you turn or stop how far ahead must you give your signal?
3) What is the speed limit in a built up area?
4) When must you dip your headlights?
5) What must you do when the driver of an overtaking vehicle sounds his horn?
6) What lights must be left on when you park at night?
A few rules that existed in 1966:
You had to use a hand signal to turn right or stop unless blinkers/stop light were fitted to your car.
Where there were no railway gates your speed was limited to 15mph (24km/h).
Trucks of more than three tons couldn't park on the street in a built up area for more than one hour.
So there you have it, a blast from the past compliments of the NSW Department of Motor Transport.
Answers: 1) Give way to the right. 2) 100 feet. 3) 35mph. 4) 200 yards from an oncoming vehicle. You were not allowed to use high beams in a built up area. 5) Move to the left and allow the overtaking vehicle room to pass. 6) Rear lights must be left on.
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