Staying safe at road junctions

Staying safe at road junctions

Using road junctions can prove hazardous and calls for particular care and attention.

Drivers should STOP or GIVE WAY as indicated by signage until it is safe to proceed.

Take extra care at junctions.

You should

• watch out for motorcyclists, powered wheelchairs/mobility scooters and people who choose to cycle or walk as they are not always easy to see. Be aware that they may not have seen or heard you if you are approaching from behind

• watch out for people who choose to walk, crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way

• watch out for long vehicles which may be turning at a junction ahead; they may have to use the whole width of the road to make the turn

• watch out for horse riders who may take a different line on the road from that you would expect

• not assume, when waiting at a junction, that a vehicle coming from the right and signalling left will actually turn. Wait and make sure

• look all around before emerging. Do not cross or join a road until there is a gap large enough for you to do so safely.

Take extra care at junctions, particularly on rural roads.

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