Stop Junctions

The clue is in the name: at a stop junction you must stop before the line (it's the law). The common mistake at stop junctions is treat it the same as a give way junction. The reason for doing this tends to come down to one of these two things:


1. Failing to identify it as a stop junction

2. Failing to recognise the difference between stopping and almost stopping

How to identify a stop junction
1. Look out for a big, red, hexagonal sign that says STOP in large white letters

2. Look out for the word STOP in printed in very large white letters on the road

3. A stop junction has a single solid white line in place of the double broken white lines of a give way junction

Stopping and almost stopping
If you are eager to get away at the junction, it can be a fine line. The trick here is to take your time. It is a stop junction for a reason. Don't just stop behind the line; stop and take a moment. Count to three or put the handbrake on for a second. Anything to make sure that you absolutely, definitely have stopped.

Once you have stopped, you can then treat the junctions as if it is a give way. If your view is obscured, you should edge slowly forwards while alternately looking left, right and (if necessary) ahead. Move off when you can do so without affecting other road users.

Get animated examples with the interactive Give Way app for iPad