Dealing with crossroads
As a driver you will encounter junctions known as crossroads. Crossroads are a place where two roads cross. It is important you learn the priorities at crossroads and how to deal with them safely whether you are driving on the major road or emerging from the minor road.
When approaching crossroads it is important to remember that traffic may emerge from any direction. Watch out for junction road markings or traffic signs.
The procedure used when emerging from a minor road at a crossroad is the same as that which we use at T-junctions. However, there is the road ahead to consider
There are 3 main types of crossroads: Unmarked, Marked and Traffic light controlled crossroads.
This type of crossroads they don't have any road signs and markings and need to be treated with extreme caution as no one have priority, approach the crossroads with caution, being prepared to give way If necessary stop and observe before proceeding .Never assume priority over another road if there are no road signs or markings. Another vehicle may expect you to give way to them, they may misjudge your speed, or not see you at all. These types of crossroads are usually found in country roads, housing estates.
This type of crossroad has double broken white lines that show that traffic on the road you want to enter has priority; you should stop if necessary to give priority to traffic.
There are two methods of doing this:
Turning right at crossroads
- Near-side to near-side and
- Off- side to off-side
The decision as to whether to turn offside-to offside or nearside to nearside will depend on to three things:
The layout of the junction if your exit is further away from you than opposite exit, you will find offside to offside more convenient
The road markings these will dictate to you with arrows and boxes painted on the road where you should position your vehicle
The other driver try to establish eye contact with the other driver, look for their position then establish which method they are going to use then follow them if it is safe to do so.
Turning near-side to near-side at a crossroads
This method can block your view of emerging traffic so extra caution is necessary when performing this manoeuvre. Motorcyclist and cyclists can be blocked from your view when doing this manoeuvre.
Turning off-side to off-side at a crossroads
This method is generally the safest method to use when turning in crossroads; this is because you have complete and clear view of emerging traffic during this manoeuvre. This is normally a better option where the crossroads is staggered again you could look at the car opposite for an indication of their intentions.
Emerging at crossroads
When looking to emerge at a crossroads your routine should include, look right, ahead and left repeated as many times as necessary.
Traffic light Controlled Crossroads
Remember the sequence of colors at traffic lights to help you plan and prepare for them as you approach.
Turning right from a one-way street
Drive as close as you safely can to the right-hand side of the one-way street. Look out for areas where two lanes may be allowed for turning right.
Yellow criss-cross lines mark a box junction. The purpose is to keep the junction clear by preventing traffic from stopping in the path of crossing traffic. You must not enter a box junction unless your exit road is clear. When turning right it is OK to enter the box when you are only prevented from turning by oncoming traffic.
Remember that priority can only be given, it should NEVER be taken.