Almost half of all accidents in Britain’s roads occur at junctions. Therefore, it’s essential that you obtain a high level of knowledge of all junction types and how to correctly use them.
One of the largest components of learning to drive is junctions. In this section, we cover junctions which includes left and right turns, T-junctions, Y-junctions, box junctions and crossroads. The following tutorials are for those learning to drive in an automatic car.
You’ll learn the difference between marked, unmarked and controlled junctions, open and closed junctions, junction priorities and how to safely negotiate junctions using the test standard ‘mirrors, signals, position, speed and look’ (
MSPSL). As you begin learning to drive, it’s important that you can distinguish whether a junction that you’re approaching is open or closed. This tutorial explains the difference with use of diagrams.
Blind junctions are similar to closed junctions. The difference is that blind junctions severely reduce your visibility when attempting to exit the junction. This tutorial explains what a blind junction is and how to negotiate a blind junction in an automatic car.
When attempting to emerge from blind or closed junctions, you’ll often need to use the ‘peep and creep’ technique. The good news is that it’s far easier in an automatic car, compared to a manual.
During the driving test, you’ll cover a wide variety of junctions. One of those junction types is what we call ‘unmarked junctions’. This tutorial will explain what unmarked junctions / unmarked T-junctions are, how to deal with them and who has priority.
Now we move onto the most common type of junction; marked junctions. Here we explain what marked junctions are, the road markings and and signs associated with marked junctions, how to approach them and the hazards that you’re likely to encounter at marked junctions.
You’ll find controlled junctions almost everywhere from busy towns and cities, to major routes and carriageways. Here we explain what controlled junctions are and how best to approach them.
T-junctions where you must give way are the most common junctions you’ll encounter whilst learning to drive. Here we explain how to deal with marked and unmarked give way junctions and who has priority.
In the UK, stop junctions aren’t used too often, but it’s essential that you know what to do when you see one. This tutorial explains what stop junctions are, the rules for stop junctions and why and where they are used.
In busy cities and towns, you’ll often find advanced stop lines, often referred to as cycle boxes. This tutorial explains what advanced stop lines are and how to use them, along with the potential impact on your driving test if you get it wrong.
With the recent update of the Highway Code, the most vulnerable road users now have greater priority. In particular, pedestrians crossing at junctions. Drivers should now give way to waiting pedestrians. Here we look at this new rule, where it needs to be done and whether or not you should give way.