Tom’s Tips #7. Crossroads, Pedestrian Crossings, Road Markings and Use of Signals.

Welcome to Tom’s Tips. This post will look at Crossroads, Pedestrian Crossings, Road Markings and Use of Signals.

These important subjects are sometimes overlooked, because it it assumed that everybody knows the routine. However, they need to be understood and practised as you prepare for your driving test, as a lot of disappointment can occur if slow or incorrect decisions are made. Your driving instructor at John Lowe Driving will ensure that these topics are fully practised and understood.


A crossroads is a junction where two roads cross, not necessarily at right angles.

There are basically two types: marked and unmarked.

Treat unmarked crossroads with utmost care, as neither road has priority. If unmarked, behave as if you are on a minor road.

Marked crossroads may have Stop or Give Way signs and road markings on the side of your road if you are on the major road, or ahead of you if you are on the minor road.

Traffic lights, or a yellow box junction may control a marked crossroads.

Whether approaching on the major or minor road, you must take effective observation. Look ahead and right, left, right.

Always use M S P S L and act upon road signs and markings.

Use of Signals.

The purpose of giving a signal is to help others, by warning them of your intentions. Signals must always be given in good time. Use only signals shown in the Highway Code. Give signals only when necessary.

Use M S M routine at all times.

Normal signals are: direction indicator and stop light. Check the five arm signals in the Highway Code.

Cancel signals once your action is completed.

Pedestrian Crossings.

There are three main types of pedestrian crossings:

Zebra Crossings, which are uncontrolled.
Supervised Crossings, which are controlled by the police, traffic wardens or “lollipop lady.”
Traffic Light controlled, which may be at ordinary traffic lights, or under pedestrian control, such as pelican, puffin or toucan crossings.
Refer to the Highway Code and learn the different types of crossing.

Zigzag lines means that you must not overtake or stop in the zigzag area.

Avoid stopping in the studded area

Do not accelerate towards any crossing.

Look ahead, read the road for warning signs, etc., and always use the M S M routine.

Do not harass pedestrians and never beckon pedestrians across the road.

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