When emerging from a junction you will need to judge the speed and distance of the traffic on the road you intend to merge into.
First look ahead for information about the junction you’re approaching. Is it a ‘give way’ or ‘stop’ junction? Is it an ‘open’ or ‘closed’ junction? (This basically means how much can you see on the approach and will affect your speed at the junction.)
Give way junctions mean you must wait for any traffic that you would cause to change speed or direction if you moved into the road. Approach slowly giving yourself time to assess the traffic, creeping the car forward if necessary.
You must stop at a stop junction. Stop junctions will generally have low visability or some other hazard that needs extra time to assess.
Apporoach the junction slowly and come to a stop. Only move off once you have a clear view and you’re certain its safe to do so.
Myth buster: It is not necessary to apply the handbrake at these junctions. You may want t for the normal reasons you’d apply the handbrake but it’s not a requirement.
For a left emerge follow the path on the road.
For a right emerge position just left of the centre line.
Deciding when to go.
Deciding when to go involves judging the speed and distance of the cars on the road. Your ability to make this decsion will come down to your field of vision.
Your vision can be blocked by many objects, for example, buildings, parked cars and bends in the road.
As you creep the car forward your vision of the road will increase, those last few feet are crucial to get the best view.
Never rush this decision, junctions are a flash point for accidents. Take your time and assess the traffic, are there any points you can’t see? Only go once you are sure it’s safe to move on.