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You are waiting to turn right at the end of a road. Your view is obstructed by parked vehicles. What should you do? You are waiting to turn right at the end of a road. Your view is obstructed by parked vehicles. What should you do?

  • Possible answers:

     
  • A. Stop and then move forward slowly and carefully for a proper view

  • B. Move quickly to where you can see so you only block traffic from one direction

  • C. Wait for a pedestrian to let you know when it is safe for you to emerge

  • D. Turn your vehicle around immediately and find another junction to use

 
 

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Emerging from a side road safely

Some of the larger vans and SUVs can seriously reduce our visibility of the road at junctions, especially if they are parked close to the junction.

The safest way to exit the junction is to stop, then edge forward until you can see the road in both directions. Keep looking to the left and right all the time. The last direction you will look if you are turning right is to the right as that is your immediate point of danger.

You may be able to use reflections in shop windows or other vehicles to help give you a clue when a vehicle is coming. Wind down your window if you are in car, and listen carefully if you are on a motorbike - you might be able to hear vehicles coming. Although, with modern hybrid vehicles being so quiet, this isn't reliable enough to use on its own.

If you really can't see even after you have edged forward, simply turn left and then find a convenient place to turn around further up the road.