What's the most important rule for approaching an intersection? What's the most important rule for approaching an intersection?

  • A. Indicate for at least a second so that other road users know where you are going

  • B. Be prepared to stop

  • C. Use your horn to warn other traffic

  • D. Change lanes at the last minute so that you end up in the one with the shortest queue

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    The correct answer is B
     
    You might need to stop if there are emergency vehicles coming through the intersection, if the lights change to red just before you get there, if there are pedestrians on the road, or if you see another vehicle coming which you need to give way to.
     
 
 
 

Approaching an intersection

Intersections can be very basic, e.g. a t-intersection on a quite country road with good visibility, or they can be very complex, e.g two lanes are turning, and there are yellow hatches on the road that you are not allowed to stop on, such as the motorway intersection in Auckland, below.

motorway on-ramp intersection

As you approach an intersection there are a number of things you should be looking out for: