The 5 Most Common Types of Blackspots on the Road


Blackspots are locations on any road that have a history of accidents. You’ve probably encountered many over the years and will continue to do so. It’s vital you be cautious whenever you drive, and be aware of five of the most common types of blackspots.


It’s tempting to drive as fast as we can when you’re in a hurry, which is often the cause of accidents at intersections. However, you need to approach an intersection at a speed that allows us to give way to oncoming vehicles going straight or turning left, and vehicles on your right. Some have no traffic lights or signs, so if you’re turning across the path of another vehicle, you must give way – many accidents have occurred because a driver didn’t do this. If you end up on the wrong end of this, remember there are people you can to go to for help obtaining compensation for loss of vehicle or income, or care hire while yours is getting repaired. Places like Motor Accident Legal Service are there to help.

2. Stop Signs and Stop Lines

The purpose of these are to control traffic. Many people think ‘Stop’ and ‘Give way’ are interchangeable – they are not. Drivers must come to a complete stop, or risk getting into an accident. Give way to all vehicles entering or approaching the intersection – it’s the same whether they’re turning left or right, or going straight – and pedestrians. Remain stationary until it’s safe to move.

3. Median Strips

You can make right turns through a divided road over median strips, but not being cautious enough could get you in trouble. Always wait for a suitable gap in oncoming traffic. Make sure you drive as far as you can into the central dividing part of the road – this is something that a lot of drivers don’t do. You still have to obey give way and stop signs, and traffic lights, and indicate for at least five seconds while checking mirrors and blind spots.

4. One-way Streets

Too often, drivers make their way unintentionally onto a one-way street which can result in a bit of ascrape if there’s a car coming from the opposite direction (the right way, because you’re going the wrong way). However, if you do intend to turn into a one-way street, turn as close as possible to the right side of the road you’re entering. Then when you exit, turn from as close as possible to the right side of the road.

5. U-turn Areas

Making U-turns can be dangerous if you don’t do it right. Some drivers take risks by attempting U-turns when there is no U-turn sign. Never make U-turns on motorways or at traffic lights unless there’s a U-TURN PERMITTED sign at the intersection. A common mistake is to not time it right and end up obstructing traffic. Signal and start your U-turn from the marked lane closest to the centre ofthe road and check mirrors and blind spots. Give way to all vehicles and pedestrians before turning.

There are more blackspots than the ones mentioned here, but any blackspot can be dealt with by using some common sense, and exercising caution and courtesy. If in doubt, hold back for a while. It’s
better than making a hasty but wrong move.


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