Meeting and Crossing Traffic

After learning the basics in driving, controlling the vehicle and learning the controls proficiently, the next step is anticipation and meeting traffic safely.

Anticipating potential traffic hazard effectively requires time to master. Being more observant of your surrounding. Meeting traffic safely includes being aware of the area around your vehicle constantly. Being aware of cars behind, in front and on your side and how far they are can help you dodge any potential hazards while in the road.

Dealing with Approaching Traffic

Oncoming Vehicles has Priority

The general rule is if you encounter an obstruction on your side of the road, oncoming vehicles have the priority on the road. This means that you must not cause any oncoming vehicles to have to change direction or speed in any way. Obstructions may be in form of parked vehicles, traffic signs or road works or construction etc.

In the event of oncoming vehicles not letting you through, be prepared to giveaway and sacrifice priority.

 

Vehicle Clearance

When travelling on a wide enough roads with no oncoming vehicle present, make sure to give at least a car doors clearance or space wide enough so as not to affect oncoming traffic when passing by parked vehicles.

Additionally, provide horse riders, cyclist and motorcyclist ample space when passing them by so that you can still avoid them in the event that they accidentally fall off or slide particularly during;

 

  • A windy day
  • When the cyclist is a young child
  • When the cyclist is travelling up a hill
  • When you have obstructions on a narrow road

 

Relax and “hang back”

In the event that you find that you need to stop, maintain a reasonable clearance from the obstruction to give other traffic good view of the road ahead. This is commonly called a “hold on or hang back” position.