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Giving way

Give way means to slow down and, if necessary, stop in order to prevent a crash from happening.

You must always give way at a give way sign and check it's safe to continue. Give way signs are placed at intersections and other places where other vehicles have priority.

Remember, there are lots of situations on the road where you must give way even if there is no sign.

You need to give way if:

  • the rules say that you must
  • there's a give way or stop sign
  • there are stop or give way lines on the road
  • you're turning right across the path of an oncoming vehicle at an intersection
  • you're turning left or right at a T-intersection
  • you're moving onto a road from a driveway or land next to a road
  • you're moving off from being stopped on the side of the road
  • you're doing a U-turn
  • you're turning left at an intersection with a 'left turn on red after stopping' sign.

Video of giving way

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Intersections

An intersection is where 2 or more roads meet, and includes where a slip lane meets a road.

A T-intersection is where 2 roads meet (whether or not at right angles) and one of the roads ends.

Giving way at intersections with 2 stop signs or give way signs

Giving way when there is a stop sign and a give way sign

Giving way when there is a stop sign and a give way sign

A stop sign is not more powerful than a give way sign when giving way. When 2 drivers arrive at stop or give ways signs at the same time, the stop sign becomes the equivalent of a give way sign. Both vehicles must give way to other vehicles before they must give way to each other.

In this example, 2 vehicles are opposite each other at an intersection. Vehicle A (in white) has a give way sign. Vehicle B (in yellow) has a stop sign.

Vehicle A (white) must give way to Vehicle B (yellow) because it is turning right across the path of Vehicle B (yellow).

Giving way at intersections with 1 stop or give way sign

Two cars giving way at an intersetion with a give way and stop sign

Giving way at a give way sign to an oncoming vehicle that is not at a stop sign or give way sign

You need to give way if you face a give way sign or a stop sign or if there are stop or give way lines on the road, even if the other driver, who is not facing a stop or give way sign, is turning right across your path.

In this example, 2 vehicles are opposite each other at an intersection. Vehicle B (in yellow) is turning right across the path of vehicle A (in white) who has a give way sign.

Vehicle A (white) must give way to vehicle B (yellow) because vehicle A has a give way sign.

Giving way at uncontrolled crossroads

Two cars at a crossroad without any traffic lights or signs

Giving way when turning at crossroads with no lights or signs

You must give way to vehicles on your right at an uncontrolled crossroad—this is a crossroad without any traffic lights, lines or signs.

In this example, Vehicle A (white) must give way to Vehicle B (yellow).







Giving way at a T-intersection

Giving way at a T-intersection

Giving way at a T-intersection

If you're driving on a road that ends at a T-intersection, you must give way to all vehicles—except those doing a U-turn—travelling on the road continuing through the intersection.

In this example, Vehicle A (white) must give way to Vehicle B (yellow).




Giving way when turning right

Giving way when turning right across the path of another car driving straight ahead

Giving way when turning right across the path of another car driving straight ahead

Giving way when turning right across the path of another car turning left

Giving way when turning right across the path of another car turning left

When turning right at an uncontrolled crossroad (without a slip lane), you must give way to vehicles coming from the opposite direction that are:

  • driving straight ahead through the intersection
  • turning left at the intersection.

In both examples, Vehicle B (yellow) must give way to Vehicle A (white).
















Giving way when using slip lanes

A slip lane is an area of road for vehicles turning left that is separated from other parts of the road by a painted island or traffic island

Giving way on a slip lane

A slip lane is an area of road for vehicles turning left that is separated from other parts of the road by a painted island or traffic island.

If you're using a slip lane, you must give way to all traffic already on the road you're entering (except vehicles doing a U-turn).




Giving way to buses

Give way to buses sign

Give way to buses sign

A bus is a vehicle that can carry 13 or more people (including the driver).

When you are driving in a built-up area and the speed limit is 70km/h or less, you must give way to a bus that displays a give way to buses sign on its back right-hand side, and is signalling to enter traffic from:

  • a bus zone, bus stop or bus stop bay
  • the shoulder of the road, or the left side of the road.

Remember to take special care around school buses, especially when their yellow lights are flashing. Watch out for children who may run across the road from in front or behind the bus.

Buses, like all other vehicles, are required to indicate for 5 seconds before moving off from a parked position, which includes a bus stop.

Giving way from a parked position

You must give way to all other vehicles and signal for at least 5 seconds when you drive on to the road from a parked position on the side of the road or in a median strip.

Giving way when entering or leaving a road

Giving way when leaving a road

Giving way when leaving a road

Giving way when entering a road

Giving way when entering a road

When you are entering or leaving a road from private property or a driveway, you must give way to pedestrians or cyclists on the footpath or road.

You must also give way to any vehicles on the road you are entering. These rules apply whether you are driving forward or in reverse.

In both examples, Vehicle B (yellow) must give way to Vehicle A (white) and the pedestrian about to cross the driveway.












Giving way to pedestrians and cyclists

Giving way to pedestrians when turning right

Giving way to pedestrians when turning right

Giving way to pedestrians when turning left

Giving way to pedestrians when turning left

You must give way to pedestrians crossing a road you're turning into or entering. This includes pedestrians or cyclists that are crossing on the green 'walk' signal at an intersection controlled with traffic lights, and you are turning into the road they are crossing.

In both examples, the white vehicle must give way to the yellow pedestrian crossing the road.















Giving way to pedestrians and cyclists

Giving way to pedestrians and cyclists

In this example, Vehicle A (white) must give way to Cyclist B (yellow) and the pedestrian crossing the road.

Curious about road signs?

There are many road signs around to let you know what you should do and if there are rules you must follow.

Last updated
29 November 2016
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