Giving way

To give way means to slow down or stop. You must wait until it is safe to proceed.

You must give way at all of the following:

  • at give way signs
  • at stop signs
  • turning across the path of an oncoming vehicle at an intersection
  • turning from a terminating road onto the ongoing road at a T-intersection
  • if you're turning at an intersection, you must also give way to pedestrians crossing the road you are entering.

There are rules for:

Stop signs and stop lines

When you come to a stop sign, you must stop completely before reaching the line, and as close as possible to the line.

Illustration showing cars stopping at an intersection close to the stop line

Car A must give way to car B

What to do at traffic lights when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind

When you hear a siren or see the flashing blue or red lights of an emergency vehicle you must give way - pull over to the left until the emergency vehicle passes.

You must always obey any direction you are given from a police officer.

Prepare to stop if you see any of the following:

  • the police
  • a police vehicle
  • red/blue flashing lights
  • the police using signs.

If you are pursued by a police vehicle you must immediately pull over and stop.

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Intersections, give way and turning

You must give way to any vehicles in or approaching the intersection. Don't get caught in the middle of the intersection when the lights change. You must stay on the approach side of the intersection until you see a space in your lane on the other side of the intersection that is big enough for your vehicle.

Illustration showing that a car can only pass through a green light at an intersection if there is enough room for the car on the other side

Priority for buses

You must give way to buses in all of the following situations:

  • in speed zones of 70km/h or below
  • if the bus displays a give way to buses sign
  • if the indicator lights of the bus are operating
  • if the bus is about to enter or proceed in the lane or line of traffic.

A give way sign showing that when cars must give way to buses

The driver of the bus is allowed to enter the lane or line of traffic only if it is safe to do so.

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T-intersections

When you approach a T-intersection, you must give way to vehicles travelling on the road that continues unless otherwise signposted.

Illustration of a T intersection. Car A wishes to turn onto the T intersection and must give way to car B who is on the continuing road

Car A must give way to car B.

Illustration showing a T intersection where car A is on the continuing road which is turning a corner. Car B must give way to car A in order to travel over the continuing road

If you approach a T intersection where the continuing road goes around a corner, you must signal to leave the continuing road. Car B must give way to car A.

Give way rules where there are no signs

If there are no signs, you must obey give way or stop lines on the road.

When turning at an intersection, you must give way to all of the following:

  • oncoming vehicles going straight ahead
  • oncoming vehicles turning left
  • any vehicle approaching on your right.

Illustration showing car A turning off from an intersection. Before crossing the intersection to turn down another street, car A gives way to car B in the opposite lane

Car A must give way to car B.

Illustration showing car A turning off from an intersection. Before crossing the intersection to turn down another street, car A gives way to car B who is turning down the same street

Car A must give way to car B.

Illustration showing car A turning off from an intersection. Before turning, car A gives way to car B who is travelling down the same street that car A is turning into

Car A must give way to car B.

Illustration showing two cars turning right from opposite lanes at the same intersection. The cars do not cross paths

If you and an oncoming vehicle are turning right at an intersection both cars should pass in front of each other

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Last updated: 27 June 2017