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Question:

At a crossroads there are no signs or road markings. Two vehicles approach. Which has priority?

A Neither of the vehicles
explanation

At a crossroads where there are no ‘give way’ signs or road markings be very careful. No vehicle has priority, even if the sizes of the roads are different.

Related Information

What are unmarked crossroads?

A crossroads is a spot where two or more roads converge and create a junction. You'll be relieved to know that most intersections feature road markings, signs, and even traffic lights. With unmarked crossroads, the clue is in the name. They are junctions with no markings or road signs indicating that drivers should yield. Unmarked intersections are typically located in remote or rural locations.


Who has priority at unmarked crossroads?

According to the Highway Code (rule 146), nobody has priority at unmarked crossroads. You have no official right to enter the intersection ahead of other vehicles. They also have no right to move ahead of you. There are broad right-of-way concepts that may be used at regular junctions. Because these aren't hard and fast rules, you should never assume that another motorist will be on the same wavelength as you. However, in general:

- The first person to arrive at the intersection should have the choice to make the initial move.

- Right-turning traffic yields: like on other routes, those traveling straight ahead take priority over those turning right.

- Large vehicles are allowed to emerge first: it is considered respectful to allow lorries and tractors to emerge first. After all, it's great to be polite!

When you arrive at the same moment as another car, things become more complicated. It can sometimes result in a stalemate as you both try to figure out who should go first. Making eye contact with the other driver will often provide you with a good indication of their intentions.


How should you deal with an unmarked crossroads?

There are no definitive regulations, an unmarked crossroads leaves lots of room for interpretation. There are, on the other hand, techniques to assure optimal practice when approaching and exiting upon them.

- Assess your speed: When approaching an unmarked crossroads, slow down like you would at any other intersection. You must drive at a speed that allows you to give way and stop if required. This will be easier if you are already driving at a safe pace on the road. Even if you're driving on a country road with a national speed limit, going so fast isn't always suitable.

- Express your intentions: Make every effort to make other road users aware of your intentions. Use your indicators to indicate whether you're turning left or right. Your road position not only helps you reach the crossroads at the optimal angle, but it also shows others where you're going. Observing other drivers' indicators and road placements might also provide useful information about the way they are traveling.

- Keep an eye on everything: At an unmarked crossroads, observation is your best friend. Before pulling away, check in all directions, and be mindful of any oncoming vehicles. Give way to traffic that is already at the crossroads or is pulling out as you approach, just like you would at any other intersection. If your field of view is limited—a 'closed' crossroads—you must be extra cautious. The most difficult are blind intersections when your eyesight is completely covered. Pull out slowly and be prepared to stop if other vehicles unexpectedly cross your path.

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