How to tackle T-junctions
When you’re learning to drive, one of the things you’ll inevitably have to tackle is a T-junction. They can be a little intimidating when you’re starting out on your journey. Not to worry, we’re going to run through how to recognise the T-junction sign and how to emerge safely at a T-junction.
What are T-junctions used for?
The first step to nailing T-junctions is being able to recognise the T-junction sign. Knowing your T-junction road sign will help you get prepared so you can approach the junction safely.
The T junction sign is a red triangle because it’s a road sign that’s warning you of an upcoming hazard. The right of way is shown by the direction the thicker line is pointing in.
You’ll need to be able to show your driving instructor you can pull out safely.
- Check your mirrors and your blind spots
- Signal with plenty of time before you get to the junction
- Get in the correct position on the road
- Slow down as you approach the junction and get into the right gear
- Observation at the junction – make sure the road is clear
- Move swiftly once you’re sure it’s safe for you to go
How to emerge at different types of T-junctions
As you approach the T-junction, you’ll need to figure out whether it’s an open or a closed junction.
Closed junctions are junctions where the view of the road ahead is obscured by something; whether it be trees, bushes or houses. At closed junctions, you’re likely to have to come to a complete stop before moving off.
At some closed junctions, there may even be a stop sign. If there’s a stop sign, by law you’ve got to come to a complete stop. You can’t just slow down, you’ll need to come to a total stop before moving off in first gear.