Give Way Junctions

There are three major things to look out for when identifying a Give Way junction:

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1. Two thick, broken white lines painted on the left side of the road, with a single thinner, broken white line across the right side of the road

2. A hazard warning sign at the side of the road with the words "GIVE WAY"

3. A white triangle painted on the road

Many give way junctions only have the white lines painted on the road. The warning sign and the triangle may or may not be present. Beware of faded lines. Sometimes you have to look very closely to see which markings are present at a junction. Slow right down to give yourself plenty of time to look.

Interestingly, the Give Way sign is the only sign to use an upside-down triangle. This means you should be able to tell which sign it is even if the words are hidden by mud or snow!

Notice also the white hazard warning lines painted in the centre of the road. These lines warn of the presence of a hazard or potentially hazardous situation (in this case the hazard is the junction).

Open or closed?
As early as you can, try to identify whether you are approaching an open or a closed junction. An open junction has very little - if anything - to obstruct your view as you approach (as in the image above). A closed junction makes it much harder to see potential hazards on approach.

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Closed junction


Get animated examples with the interactive Give Way app for iPad