Give Way Lessons Note

To better introduce you to the ‘Give Way’ rules, they have been divided into 4 digestible parts. This part will go through the general 'Give Way' rules at uncontrolled 4-way intersections.

General ‘Give Way’ rules

The give way rules are designed to allow vehicles to move predictably in all situations where their paths cross each other.

Situations like may look confusing, but they actually follow a strict set of rules

Giving way means slowing down or stopping to let another vehicle or pedestrian pass. When giving way, you must slow down or stop until the road is clear and it's safe for you to proceed.

The general rule is that you must give way to vehicles on your right (called the ‘Give Way to the Right’ rule) and if you’re turning across someone else’s path. If turning, you also have to give way to all pedestrians crossing the road that you are entering. What this means in practice is explained below.

If going straight

If you’re going straight at an uncontrolled 4-way intersection, you must give way to:

  • Vehicles on your right that are going straight ahead
  • Vehicles on your right turning right
Car B must give way to bicyclist A in(1), and to car A in (2)

If turning left

If you're turning left at an uncontrolled 4-way intersection, you must give way to:

  • Vehicles on your right going straight ahead
  • Any pedestrians crossing the road that you are entering
Car B must give may to bicyclist A in (1), and the pedestrian crossing the road in (2)

If turning right

If you’re turning right at an uncontrolled 4-way intersection, you must give way to:

  • Vehicles on your right
  • Oncoming vehicles that are going straight ahead
  • Oncoming vehicles turning left
  • Any pedestrians crossing the road that you are entering
Car B must give way to car A in (1), and pedestrian + motorcyclist A in (2)|

If both you and an oncoming vehicle are turning right, you can turn without giving way by passing in front of each other.

These cars can pass in front of each other as they are both turning right

Never create a dangerous situation

Many crashes occur at intersections - be careful and always approach an intersection at a safe speed that allows you to give way or stop in time.

If another driver doesn’t give way to you even though they are in the wrong - drive carefully and try to avoid creating a dangerous situation, even if this means you have to stop.

If other traffic blocks the road that you wish to enter, you should stay on the approach side until you see a big enough gap on the other side.

Multiple vehicles and giving way

These vehicles can proceed in order:(1) B,A,C and (2) A & C,B

You must combine the give way rules when there are more than 2 vehicles at an intersection.

The 'Give Way rules exits to avoid chaos like this Sonraki Ünite
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