Coronavirus COVID-19: Advice on buying, owning and running a car during the outbreak | No thanks

Why do drivers pull out from slip roads regardless of traffic?

People appear to think they have the right to join a trunk road or motorway from a slip road by just putting on their indicator and pulling out into the stream of traffic regardless of a vehicle being on the inner lane, causing that vehicle to brake or swerve out the next lane. If this happened on a regular road or somebody pulled out in front of you it would be considered as "cutting up". Why is it not in this case?

Asked on by

The simple answer to this is to anticipate the needs of the vehicles on the slip road and give way to them. Because of the angles involved, you can see them far more easily than they can see you. That is what driving with due consideration for other road users is about. If you had anticipated their needs you would not have had to brake.
Similar questions
I would appreciate your explanation of the new offence of hogging the centre lane on a motorway. Unless the motorway is relatively empty, keeping to the inside lane involves constant overtaking of slow...
I believe that people who drive solely in the centre lane do so because they can switch off mentally. They follow the car in front and adjust their speed to that car which means they have no awareness...
It seems to me that the continual movement of vehicles from the nearside to and from the overtaking lanes to make progress along a motorway is potentially more dangerous than staying for some distance...

Ask Honest John

Value my car