Yellow box junctions are a common feature on UK roads and feature on most test routes, they are designed to keep busy junctions clear and traffic flowing smoothly. These are marked by crisscross yellow lines painted on the road. The key rule is simple: do not enter the box unless your exit road is clear. However, you can and should enter the box and wait on the yellow crisscross when you want to turn right and are only being prevented from doing so by oncoming traffic or other vehicles waiting to turn right.
If you are going ahead at a green light yellow box junction, ensure the traffic in front of you will remain clear of having to stop in the yellow box and only proceed if you can get out of the yellow box. Watch carefully for slowing traffic ahead as you cannot afford to get stuck in a queue on the yellow box because you mis-judged the flow of the traffic.
At a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop at the line, do not try a rolling stop. A stop sign means all 4 wheels have stopped rolling and you must give way to all traffic on the road you are joining or crossing. It is not acceptable to be crawling at a walking speed or a snails pace, consider applying your handbrake / parking break to confirm you and your examiner know that you have done as instructed by the sign. ADI’s across the country have had pupils come back with 1 serious fault many, many times, failing to stop at a stop junction. It is such an easy fault to fix!
Mastering the rules and applying the MSPSL routine for yellow box junctions and stop signs is crucial for passing your UK driving test. Remember, these rules are not just for the test but are vital for safe driving throughout your life. Practice regularly, stay observant, and drive safely!
This blog provides a basic overview. For more detailed information, it’s always best to refer to the latest UK Highway Code or consult a qualified Bookinstructor.co.uk driving instructor.