You’ve already covered Turning, Emerging, Crossroads, Roundabouts and Country Roads.
In this lesson, you will use those skills to approach and drive through Traffic Lights.
You’ll follow the same Hazard Routine.
Traffic Lights have 3 lights that change in a set cycle
- Red – means stop and wait at the stop line
- Red and Amber – means stop and wait
- Green – means go if it’s clear
- Amber – means stop unless you have already crossed the line
Approaching Traffic Lights
When you notice that there are traffic lights ahead you should start the Hazard Routine.
Mirrors – check mirrors so you’re fully aware what’s behind you and how close it is.
Signal – signal if necessary
Position – pay attention to any signs or road markings and get into the correct lane in good time.
DO NOT change lanes at the last minute
Speed – ease of the gas and brake if necessary.
Be prepared to stop behind the line, especially if the lights have been on green for a little while.
Look – look well ahead, into other junctions and in your mirrors
A green arrow pointing in the direction you intend to go means you have priority to go in that direction, even when other lights are showing red.
You should only continue to go if it’s clear.
This picture is saying you can turn left only.
Some traffic lights have Advance Stop Lines
Cyclists can position themselves between the lines, ahead of the other traffic.
When lights are red or amber you should stop behind the first line. If you have already crossed the first line when the lights change you must stop behind the second line.
A level crossing is where a road crosses a railway track or a tram line.
You should only start to cross over a level crossing when the road on the other side is clear and there is enough room for your car to fit.
If your car breaks down on a level crossing you must:
- Get your passengers to safety
- Use the railway telephone to warn the signal operator
- If there is enough time before the train arrives, push the car off the crossing
- If an alarm sounds, or the amber light comes on, get clear of the crossing immediately