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A crossroads is usually the junction of a major and a minor road - traffic on the major road will pass through uninterrupted, while traffic on the minor road will have to stop and give way.

When approaching a crossroads always look well ahead to see if any traffic is waiting to pull out and remember, emerging traffic may misjudge your speed and pull out too early.

Crossroads can be accident blackspots. Serious collisions can occur when one vehicle pulls out in front of another that is travelling at high speed. About 100m before you reach the crossroads you should see a crossroads road sign, as soon as you do, you should start the MSM/PSL routine. Be aware, crossroads road signs can be hidden by trees and difficult to see, especially when driving at night.


On your driving test, when dealing with a Crossroads the examiner will expect you to:


  • Use the MSM/PSL routine in good time

  • Comply with the correct rules for turning at, entering into and emerging from the junction

  • Position your car correctly and use the correct speed

  • Understand the rules of priority

  • Pull away safely, smoothly and under control.

  • Pull away safely, smoothly and under control.




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