A crossroad is defined as two roads crossing one another. In short, it’s another type of road junction. Before you are taught how to deal with crossroads, you would have been taught how to turn left or right from a major to a minor road and also how to emerge from a minor to a major road. You can use these two skills at crossroads. In fact, these skills comprise two thirds of those required at crossroads. So your “mirror, signal, position, speed, look” routine applies at crossroads. However, the skills you would have learned for emerging at a T-junction also apply at crossroads, i.e. “peeping and creeping” in order to emerge with proper observation and without hindrance to other road users.
There are four different types of crossroad:
- Controlled by lines
- Controlled by traffic lights
- With no markings where nobody has priority
- Incorporating a yellow box
So the new skills required to deal with crossroads are:
On approach you need to look right, ahead, left, ahead, and right again as a minimum observation. Priorities:
If you axe travelling ahead at the crossroad and a vehicle is approaching you from the opposite direction indicating that it intends to turn his right, you would have priority because the approaching vehicle has to cross your path, but please remember that priority is something that we give but never take for granted.
Travelling ahead, we take the shortest line. Mostly this will be the left lane but not in every case. The crossroad could be offset, in which case the right hand lane would be more appropriate.
When dealing with a crossroad with a yellow box, the only time you are permitted to wait in the area covered by the yellow box is when you want to make a right turn and your exit is clear but you are prevented from turning due to oncoming traffic.
When turning right at the same time as a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction is also turning to his right, the two methods we would use are offside to offside, where driver would pass driver, or nearside to nearside. The method you choose depends on the size of the crossroad, road markings or the actions of the other driver.