I thought it would be interesting to have a chat about highway code issues many of us come across on the roads.
I was thinking of ambiguous situations where sometimes confusion seems to set in. I have an opinion on the answers, but could be wrong! Please join in if you have questions of your own or know any better!
We are at a junction that resembles a cross roads, where two minor roads are directly opposite each other and both lead onto a main road. They obviously have double staggered white lines telling drivers to give way to all traffic on the main road.
1) If two drivers are on these minor roads opposite one another, one turning right onto the main road and the other wishing to go straight on into the opposite minor, the car going straight on has right of way once the main road is clear. Correct?
There is a mini round about with four roads, 6, 9, 12 and 3 o'clock, essentially like above resembling a cross roads. The markings are usually single staggered lines, which mean "give way to traffic on your right".
2) Two drivers arrive at the same time. The one at 6 o'clock wishes to turn right. The one at 12 o'clock wants to go straight ahead. Who has right of way? This time I would suggest it's the opposite to scenario 1) - the guy turning right has right of way at a mini roundabout.
It's slightly ambiguous however - do you only have to give priority to traffic already on the roundabout coming from your right, or also include any waiting to enter from your right or turning right from straight ahead?
3) The same scenario as 2), but now both drivers opposite one another want to turn right. If one arrived slightly ahead of the other, they should go first. If not, someone is going to have to take charge of the situation and use their initiative.
4) The same mini roundabout is busy - it's rush hour. Essentially traffic is arriving at the same time at all four junctions. A period occurs where the roundabout is empty but traffic is waiting at all four entry points. This is a gray area, as all have to give way to traffic on their right, but no one is actually on the roundabout. Generally, it should be a first come first served onto the roundabout situation, but it's difficult to keep track of who got to each entry first. Generally it's a stand off where people have to take the initiative and go first.
There is a roundabout that has two lane entries, but one lane exits (very common in towns and residential areas).
5) Unless the makings say otherwise, I'd say the golden rule for this style roundabout is left lane for left turn (1st exit) and straight ahead (2nd exit), right lane for right turn only (3rd exit).
As you set off in the left lane going straight ahead, the driver beside you in the right hand lane also decides to go straight ahead and therefore has to cut across you in order to make the same exit. It can be a dangerous situation, but is not against the highway code, so always make sure you let traffic on your right taking the shorter route round overtake you before the exit!
So, can anyone offer opinions or put forward other ambiguous scenarios? We could all become better drivers in this thread!