Begin by checking your mirrors to assess the traffic situation.
• Rearview Mirror: Look for vehicles behind you to gauge their speed and distance.
• Left Side Mirror: Check for any cyclists or motorbikes on your left.
Signal left well before you reach the T-junction. This step is vital for letting other road users know your intentions.
• Early Signaling: Signal in good time, giving enough notice to other road users.
Position your vehicle correctly as you approach the T-junction.
• Stay Left: Keep to the left side of your lane, indicating your intention to turn left.
• Avoid Swinging: Maintain a steady course without veering into other lanes.
Modulate your speed as you approach the junction to ensure a safe turn.
• Gradual Braking: Slow down smoothly to an appropriate speed for the junction.
• Clutch Control: For manual cars, use the clutch effectively to avoid stalling.
The final step is to look and assess the junction, keeping in mind whether it’s an open or closed view junction.
• Open View Junctions: These junctions offer a clear view of the main road. Check both directions for oncoming traffic and proceed when safe.
• Closed View Junctions: Here, your view is obstructed by buildings, fences, or hedges. Edge forward slowly until you can see the road clearly. Only proceed when you are certain it is safe.
1. Edge Forward Carefully: If your view is restricted, inch forward slowly until you can see the road.
2. Look Multiple Times: Look right and left several times to ensure no vehicles are approaching.
3. Patience is Key: Wait until you have a clear view of both directions and it’s safe to proceed.