If two vehicles are facing Give Way signs which vehicle gives way? If two vehicles are facing Give Way signs which vehicle gives way?

  • A. Whichever one gets there last

  • B. The vehicle that is not turning

  • C. The vehicle that is turning

  • D. Whichever is the smallest vehicle

    The correct answer is C
    The usual Give Way rules are that if you are turning you give way to vehicles that are coming straight through. If both vehicles are turning right or left there should be no need to give way, as you won't cross paths. If one vehicle is turning left and the other turning right, the vehicle turning right gives way.

Give way rules when drivers are facing one another

If two vehicles are facing a give way sign the vehicle that is turning gives way.

Learning the give way rules is important. They apply to intersections with and without traffic lights or lines, roundabouts and driveways.

They can also be overruled by a police officer directing traffic.

The basic rule is: if you are turning, give way to all traffic that's not turning.

You must give way to cyclists using cycle and bus lanes and vehicles using bus lanes.

If two vehicles are facing the same type of sign, the give way rules apply. If the signs are different, the rules are modified, e.g. if you are waiting at a give way sign and the other driver is at a stop sign, you have priority regardless of your direction.

Vehicles following the centre line have priority over vehicles leaving the path of the centre line.

You must also give way to pedestrians on the road and people on the footpath. 

If you are at a T-intersection and the road you are on terminates (i.e. you are on the bottom of the T and will be turning either left or right), you must give way to road users on the top of the T.

Many countries operate their intersections on a courtesy and politeness basis whereby the person arriving first has the right-of-way or, by using eye contact and/or hand gestures, drivers are acknowledged and proceed through the intersection. New Zealand's rules make it very clear who has right of way - there is no ambiguity.

Drivers from North America

If you are used to three- and four-way stops where the first driver arriving has priority, it is different in New Zealand. 

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