February 12

Yellow box junctions a master class.

Yellow Box Junctions masterclass

I lost count many many years ago of how many people I have seen who just do not know how to use yellow box junctions correctly ! It really does seem like some people just make it up as they go along. Some people go in and wait. Some won't go in so they wait outside, treating it like its a DMZ zone, and then there are those who look like they are just doing the hokey cokey, sometimes in, sometimes out, wondering what its all about. Which one are you ?

It really does make my saying “signs and lines add to the confusion”. come to the fore. You can see it on some peoples faces aaaghhh a box junction, what do I do now ?

"Aaaghh a box junction what do I do now"

The easiest way we teach box junctions is ask two questions !

“Where would I wait if I was turning right anywhere else ?

Answer “ Towards the middle, waiting to turn

What would a considerate driver do if the yellow markings weren’t there in the first place”

Answer – not block the traffic when the lights change.

What does the highway code say about box junctions !

“You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear"
However, you may enter the box and wait when you want to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right”

Lets just make sure you understand which road is your exit road! The exit road is the ROAD YOU ARE TURNING INTO !! 

Box junctions really are that simple.

Hope this helps you understand box junctions a little more.


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About the author 

Graham Evans

Graham is a multi-award winning driving instructor covering most of North Manchester. As a Grade A instructor you can be assured he knows exactly what he is talking about. You will see throughout these courses that he has the ability to break things down into the basic steps, creating an easy to follow subject matter.

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