Emerging-How To Deal With Zones Of Vision?
When emerging, you have to decide which gear to choose. Very early on, at least 8 car lengths back, you can plan for this.
If there are houses, trees, walls, fences or hedges blocking your vision from either side, drop to 1st gear about three car lengths from the give way line. You have very poor vision until you reach the line. On no account can you emerge without checking both ways properly. You must stop at the line, so therefore be in 1st gear to move off.
Also stop at the end if there are -:
- Parked cars blocking your vision in the new road
- bends in the new road or contours in the land
- poor light or night time
Parked cars often block you vision. Make use of vision down pavements. Inch forward until you can see the traffic clearly. Make sure the front of your car is not beyond the outside line of the parked cars. Traffic needs to pass you easily from both directions.
When approaching the end of the road, look out for buses or lorries turning into your road. They have to take over both lanes when turning, so hold back at least 6 car lengths to allow them to turn. Once they have finished the manoeuvre, carry on to the end of the road.
When emerging In the dark, you can often see car lights reflecting off parked cars. This is a very useful and helpful way to anticipate traffic approaching.
Of course, you can emerge from a give way junction in 2nd gear without stopping. It’s a rare thing to do on urban roads. The field of vision needs to be clear at least 50 yards back. How often does this happen. Open fields on either side on approach!
So make certain it is clear when emerging. This means you have time to get up to speed without making traffic in the new road slow down.
Rick Hardcastle (ADI)