Driver Skills Video – Traffic Time – Intersections & Roundabouts


This video will provide you with an overview
of how to safely navigate your way through roundabouts and intersections and explain
the variations of the give way rule. When approaching a roundabout, you should
plan well in advance which exit you wish to take and which lane you’ll need to use. You
should obey any signs or road markings such as traffic lane arrows. Unless traffic lane
arrows or signs indicate otherwise, the general procedure for a two lane roundabout would
be – turn left from the left lane and right turn from the right lane and straight ahead
from either lane. When turning left or right you must indicate
in the corresponding direction. Going straight ahead through a roundabout does not require
an indicator when approaching. When entering a roundabout, you are required to give way
to any traffic within the roundabout in any lane. You can enter a roundabout if there
is a safe gap in the traffic flow – but should stay alert for fast approaching traffic from
the right. Indicate left whenever you exit a roundabout.
Like a roundabout, when approaching an intersection, ensure you’ve planned in advance which lane
you need to be in to travel to the appropriate direction and follow all traffic lane arrows,
signs and road markings, as well as traffic lights. The general rule when you give way
is to give way to your right but this is not always the case. At an unsigned crossroad
you must give way to all vehicles approaching from your right but if you want to turn right,
you must give way to all oncoming vehicles too.
If you’re driving on a road that ends in a T intersection you must give way to all vehicles
on the continuing road and naturally if you come to a stop sign or give way sign, you
must give way to all other vehicles as well. When approaching an intersection with a stop
sign and a give way sign, a stop sign is not more powerful than a give way sign – the signs
effectively cancel each other out and normal give way rules apply. Both vehicles must give
way to all vehicles, then because car A is turning right – it must give way to car B.
If you’re planning to do a u-turn you must give way to all other vehicles before turning.
If you’re turning right at an intersection, you must give way to vehicles coming from
the direction that are driving ahead straight through the intersection or if they’re turning
left at the intersection. Now vehicle B gives way to vehicle A. Being familiar and comfortable
with the give way rules will help prevent accidents and create a safer environment on
the road for yourself and other road users. So stay safe and happy driving.

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