Identifying The Junction
The best way to deal with emerging, is to identify the junction in good time.
This will set you up to deal successfully with it.
Before going into the rest of the routine, you need to first of all, know if its an open or closed junction.
Once you have identified the junction then you can procede with the MSPSGL routine
Mirrors - Centre and Left
Signal - Timing - If there is a junction or car park before the emerge, wait until you are at least halfway passed it and then signal left.
Position - Normal driving position
Speed - If its a closed junction thenn be prepared to stop or at leaight against 5 mph
If its an open junction - generally between 10-15 mph.
Gear - Usually if its open and clear the 2nd gear is fine
closed junction would be first gear
Look - Right, Left and Right again
Look - Right, Left and Right Minimum
The minimum observation at a junction regardless if its open or closed
is Right, Left, Right as a minimum.
As you are doing this you need to look back for your road position to make sure that you are following the kerb around to the left, and making sure that you are staying in position
The biggest reason for driving test failures for at least the last 12 years has been a lack of observation at junctions. It needs to be a minimum of Right - Left- Right.
Right - Is there any traffic coming, do you have the space to pull out and get to the speed limit before it gets to you.
LEFT - Has anything that has just driven past you pulled up by the junction?
Is there any vehicles parked on the opposite side of the road? - If there is, then any vehicles coming towards you, will be on your side of the road to get past them
Right - Double check that it is still clear and safe to pull out into the flow of traffic
The same MSPSGL routine will apply when emerging right. Again the main difference will be whether the junction is open or closed.
MIRRORS - Centre and Right
SIGNAL - Right
POSITION - Just to the left of the centre line
Closed Junction - less than 5 mph to a complete stop.
Open junction - Around 10 mph
GEARS - 2nd if open - 1st if closed
LOOK - Right, Left, Right again
Emerging Right - Stopping At The Line
With most junctions, its good to practice coming up to the give way lines and stopping at them.
This will get you the best view of the road that you are emerging onto.
You can get used to doing this by finding FOCAL points,
So when emerging tright and having to stop at the line, the usual focal point is the Give way line - half way on the right mirror casing -
Focal Point For Stopping At the Line
Judging the Gap
How can we try and judge the gap and whether its safe to pull out or not?
For the cars coming towards you from the right, you can think, can i walk across the road before they get to me
For cars coming from the left - you could think
Can i walk across and back again before they get to me.
Dont forget its not just can i pull out, but can i get to the speed limit of the road before they get to me?
Emerging with Restricted View
When deciciding whther to pull out or not. If your view is restricted because of parked vehicles you cannot presume it is safe to emerge.
You need to peep and creep to see if its clear
You need to keep creeping forward until you can see what is coming down the road towards you.
Not just if the gap infront of you is clear.
Emerging and Getting to the speed limit
Not only is pulling out a matter of judging the gap, but you also need to be able to adjust it depending on the speed limit of the road that you are emerging onto.
So the faster the speed limit of the new road, the bigger the gap you need and more that you just need to 'FLOOR IT' to get to the speed limit as quickly as possible
Pulling out and making the car behind hit the brakes to slowdown is an instant fail on test, because basically if it wasn't for that car hitting the brakes, it would have smashed into the back of you.
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