Intersections

Information related to intersections.

Roundabouts and Traffic Circles

Traffic CircleI entered the roundabout and was continuing around when someone passed me on the left and shot across in front of me. I don’t know how I avoided a collision, but I did. Clearly his person did not know what they were doing and was driving as if they were on a regular street. Frightening!

Patrolling Intersections

IntersectionWe would like to know why intersections are not patrolled as often as highways. Looking at the propensity of drivers to run yellow and red lights, it appears to us that intersections pose a much greater and possibly deadlier risk than speeding on a straight stretch of highway. This reader is certainly correct on one point, intersections are one of the deadliest places on B.C. highways.

Turning at Intersections

IntersectionIntersections are dangerous places. Yielding right of way is probably the main concern, but the path you travel through one is just as important. Some drivers are so sloppy with their technique that they activate the traffic signals by driving over the detection loops in the oncoming lane when they exit the intersection!

Stuck in an Intersection

Do Not Block IntersectionLately I have noticed a number of drivers who have entered the intersection on the green traffic light intending to make a left turn and then backed up instead of turning once the light has changed to red. There are a number of reasons that a driver should not do this as it creates confusion for other drivers and is an illegal movement.

Changing Lanes in Intersections

Lane ChangeI am often asked to tell the motoring public that it is illegal to change lanes in an intersection. I cannot do this, because there is no specific rule prohibiting this driving action in the Motor Vehicle Act. However, a defensive driver will choose not to do this, even if it is legal.

U-Turns at Traffic Lights

No U Turn SignIntersections with traffic lights are the busiest and most controlled areas that we travel through as we drive on B.C.'s highways. They are also the most dangerous, because in 2002 more than 42% of collisions occurred at these locations. If you lose your way, making a U turn here is not an option.

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