Fri, 3 May, 2019
Road rules quiz baffles drivers: What order should these cars travel through the intersection?
It’s not always easy to navigate through a busy junction – when traffic comes from all directions, motorists may have different ideas on who has right of way and should go through first.
This may explain why Queensland drivers were divided over the intersection quiz released by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
In the quiz question, four cars – blue, red, green and orange – are pictured at a four-way intersection. The green car is travelling straight through, while the opposite red car is indicating to turn right.
The blue car by the Give Way sign is turning right, while the orange car is at a Stop sign to turn left.
The question was: “In what order should these cars travel through the intersection?”
The road authority hinted that the answer involves the rules surrounding giving way.
The answer was revealed to be the cars in this order: green, red, orange and blue.
According to the road authority, the orange and blue cars should give way to the others because they are facing a Stop sign and a Give Way sign respectively.
Meanwhile, the green car has the right of way ahead of the red car because the latter is turning across the former’s path.
“When two drivers face a Stop or Give Way sign at the same time, the signs essentially cancel each other out. The Stop sign is not more powerful than the Give Way sign,” the road authority said.
“In this instance, the driver of the blue car has to give way to the orange car, because the blue car’s turning right across the orange car’s path of travel.”