For the purpose of applying the Give Way rule, how should an entrance way into a public car park be treated? For the purpose of applying the Give Way rule, how should an entrance way into a public car park be treated?

  • A. As an intersection

  • B. The vehicle that is there first has right of way

  • C. As a one-way street

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    The correct answer is A
     
    Give Way rules. * If you are turning at an intersection, give way to all vehicles not turning. * If you are turning right at an intersection, give way to vehicles coming towards you that are turning left. * In all other situations, give way to all vehicles coming from your right. * If you are leaving the path of a marked centre line, you are deemed to be turning and must give way to vehicles that are following the centre line. * Give way rules can be overridden by a police officer's directions.
     
 
 
 

Give way rules for driveways and entranceways

Entrance ways into public car parks should always be treated as intersections.

Driveways and entranceways are treated like an uncontrolled intersection and you must give way to vehicles on the straight road (i.e. the top of the T). The blue car has right of way – the red car must wait for you to turn.

This would apply turning out of your own driveway, out of a supermarket car park and so on. Most driveways won't have signs telling you to give way unless they are used by a lot of traffic or the land owner has decided to erect a sign to remind drivers.

When pulling out of a driveway remember that other vehicles can be parked within 1m of the entrance and that could make it more difficult for you to see up the road. If you are driving a long vehicle you will need to swing out wide enough to avoid any other vehicles parked, but also be careful you don't hit traffic already on the road.

On really busy roads where there is no median strip it can often be a good idea to turn left first, then find a place to turn right and double back if you can't make it safely across the road. 

An entranceway should be treated as a two-way road unless it is specifically marked as one-way, i.e. when you turn into it you should keep left.

If you have to cross a footpath and there are pedestrians on it you must give way to them unless they specifically give way to you.

Take care in how quickly you enter a driveway as some have kerb heights which can damage tyres if driven across briskly. The angle of the road will encourage drainage of rainwater towards the edge of the road (the gutter). This is called the drainage gradient and can create a situation where a vehicle's body work can touch the ground and become damaged.