Dealing with meeting traffic situations.
- If the parked vehicle or obstruction is on your side of the road then oncoming traffic has priority.
- If the parked vehicle or obstruction is on the other side of the road then be careful not to assume oncoming traffic will give way. Hold back if you are unsure until you see them slowing down in which case you can proceed.
- When you have obstructions on both sides of the road then neither you or the oncoming traffic has priority. Be prepared to give way and don’t assume the oncoming car will. Remember, if you give way you have taken control of the entire situation and eradicated any uncertainty.
Plan well ahead for any parked vehicles and oncoming traffic. Use the MSM routine on approach not forgetting to assess any further potential dangers such as pedestrians on the pavement or people within the cars that might get out. Take every available view for example, under, over, along the sides and through the windows of the parked vehicles.
Passing the vehicles:
Move out gradually and early if possible, early position of your vehicle is your signal to other road users of your intentions. Give adequate clearance. (One metre or a car doors width). Look out for:
- Pedestrians stepping out
- Car doors opening
- Parked vehicles moving off
The closer you pass the vehicle then the slower you must go to make that smaller gap safe.