February 2015 | LTrent

L Trent Safety tip – Have an Escape at Intersections

Have an Escape at Intersections

Have an escape governs our speed at intersections. All cross-road intersections, whether governed by light or signs, should be approached at a speed so that we can stop if the unexpected happens, irrespective of the right of way.

When approaching an intersection reduce speed, by accelerator reduction or braking, so that a clear view to both right and left can be obtained, before entering the intersection. If speed is not reduced, an escape has not been left. The speed at the intersection is governed by visibility. The vision checks to right and left are made and the point of decision reached before entering the intersection.

The point of decision is the moment when the possibility of any collision has been eliminated. At the point of decision the accelerator can be applied.

The point of decision varies from intersection to intersection and is governed by the approach speed and the sight distance (how much vision you have into the intersection).

L Trent Safety tip ~ Have an Escape

Have an Escape

Always try to have an “out” in any driving situation. Be prepared for the unexpected. A good safety cushion, an early decision and being seen are all escapes. The following points are important to remember when on the road;

  • Don’t use the lane where traffic is entering or merging
  • When stopping in traffic, is there an escape on the left side?
  • Examine road shoulders – they may be needed
  • Be in the right gear; if needed, use the accelerator to escape
  • When slowing, adjust your braking speed to the actions of the following vehicle
  • When approaching intersections, reduce speed. If a vehicle unexpectedly enters, can you stop?