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Crossroad Junction - How To Use A Crossroads Junction

A crossroads is usually the junction of a major and a minor road - traffic on the major road will pass through uninterrupted, while traffic on the minor road will have to stop and give way.

When approaching a crossroads always look well ahead to see if any traffic is waiting to pull out and remember, emerging traffic may misjudge your speed and pull out too early.

Crossroads can be accident blackspots. Serious collisions can occur when one vehicle pulls out in front of another that is travelling at high speed. About 100m before you reach the crossroads you should see a crossroads road sign, as soon as you do, you should start the MSM/PSL routine. Be aware, crossroads road signs can be hidden by trees and difficult to see, especially when driving at night.

Marked and Unmarked Crossroads

There are basically two types of crossroads, marked and unmarked. On an unmarked crossroads, which will have no road signs or road markings, neither road has priority. You need to be extra careful when negotiating an unmarked crossroad. Approach slowly and be prepared to give way to traffic moving along the other road.

Marked crossroads may have Stop or Give way signs, traffic lights and/or yellow box road markings.

Road Position When Turning

When turning left or going straight ahead, you should keep to the left, leaving the right lane clear for traffic turning right.

When turning right, you should keep to the right of the lane.

Crossroads turning left Going straight ahead at a crossroads Turning right at a crossroads

On your driving test, when dealing with a Crossroads the examiner will expect you to:

Key Signs

Crossroads Road Sign
Crossroads Road Sign. The broader line indicates priority through the junction.

Stop sign
Stop Sign - stop and give way.

Give Way Road Markings
Give Way road markings seen at crossroads between the minor and major road.

Stop line road marking
Stop line at a Stop sign.

Give way road marking
Warning of a Give way ahead.

Hazard ahead road marking
Longer broken white lines in the centre of the road indicate a crossroads (or another hazard) ahead.

Author Richard Jenkins

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