Intersections – How to approach them
January 26, 2017 at 11:10 AM
When driving up to an intersection, it’s necessary to plan where you are going in advance so that you can position your car correctly on the road. Be on the lookout for where the turning lanes are marked so that you choose the right one.
There’re several steps you need to remember each time you are approaching an intersection. They are; mirrors, signal, course, brake, gear, and assess. You can use the mnemonic “My Safety Cannot Be Given Away” to remember.
You should apply these steps in the following way:
- Mirrors: Check your mirrors constantly as you approach the intersection.
- Signal: Indicate the direction you are going if you are turning.
- Course: Plan on how you will get to where you want to go.
- Brake: Slow down to about 15-20 km/h to enable you to stop if you need to.
- Gear: Shift to at least 2nd gear if driving a manual vehicle.
- Assess: Is it safe to go or not? Decide and act accordingly.
- Keep an eye out for any cyclists and pedestrians on the road.
- Be ready to give way even when you are not meant to as other drivers can make mistakes.