T-Junctions. Right Turn Emerging. Minor to Major Road.
Right Turn Emerging – minor to major road:
Plan well ahead and check your mirrors to gain any early information on following traffic, type of junction, signs and road markings relating to the junction, size of the junction, vision at the junction, traffic at the junction, uphill or downhill approach and pedestrians near the junction. All this information will help you decide on the correct position, speed and gear to approach the junction.
Effective observation must be made on the approach to and before entering any junction.
Look – For traffic, pedestrians and other hazards.
Assess – Is it safe to proceed?
Decide – When to proceed.
Act – Positive action (this could mean proceed or wait)
The zone of vision is what the driver can see into the other roads as they approach a junction. The driver’s zone of vision can be restricted when approaching a junction. Obstructions can be buildings, hedges, bends or other vehicles. The zone of vision will improve the closer you get to the junction.
• When a driver’s zone of vision on approach to a junction is good it is known as an
• When a driver’s zone of vision on approach to a junction is poor it is known as a
Peep and Creep:
The more restricted the view, the slower the driver will need to approach the junction. Having stopped at a T junction you may find that parked vehicles are restricting your view when trying to emerge into the new road. The safest way to proceed is to creep forward slowly looking over, under, along the sides of and through the windows of the parked vehicles until you have a clear enough view to go. This technique is called ‘Peep and Creep’.
Crossing the Path of Other Vehicles:
You cross the path of other vehicles when your emerging from a T-junction. Consider not only the size of the gap in the oncoming traffic but the speed at which the traffic is approaching. You must not cause any vehicle to change speed or direction when turning. When assessing if it is safe to proceed ask yourself would you walk across the road. If yes then you should proceed if your way is clear into the new road.
The Walk Across Rule: