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In the UK and Ireland there is the tried and tested rule that you always give way/yield to traffic on the right (or the left if you are on continental roads) - unless otherwise indicated.
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Used quite a lot in Estonia, although mostly on highways, where it is typically combined with a road number.


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Since I am not aware of any equal-priority intersections on highways (that would be a rather bad idea anyway), diamond signs there do not serve much more than a decorative purpose. Basically, on highway you can expect to always have a priority by default.


In town, it is a bit more complicated. 95% of all intersections are prioritized, but diamond signs are quite rare -- if you have priority, you are expected to know it yourself. But on the other hand, if an intersection is totally unmarked, the give-way-to-the-right rule applies.

Which means that in case of doubt, there is only one (and not very convenient) way to make sure whether you have priority or not. You need to peek around the corner; if you glimpse the backside of a triangular give-way sign on the intersecting street, then *you* have priority. If not, then it probably is an equal crossing.
 

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^^ This priority sign diamond looks quite useless here.

Here in Slovenia we have them only on bigger intesections with traffic lights and on some roads, where road priority could be doubtful.
 

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yes they are used together with the yield sign (white triangle with red edges upside down). if one road is mainroad then the road crossing it has to have a yield sign (or stop sign in more dangerous junctions).
If the roads are equal then we follow the right hand rule (incase of small streets and corners with both roads at equal and low traffic.

It is either one or the other.

(in Hungary)
 

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In the UK and Ireland there is the tried and tested rule that you always give way/yield to traffic on the right (or the left if you are on continental roads) - unless otherwise indicated.
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in mainland europe its right hand like in UK. i know its strange.

I think these things should be universal, bacuse if you are unavare there are differences and you go to a the other side of europe for example and you might have an accident because of this.
 

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Looks like Portugal in the UK are pretty rare in Europe in not really having this sign. (Ok, it's in the pt higheway code, but as I said in the 1st post I've oonly seen it there once)
 

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In town, it is a bit more complicated. 95% of all intersections are prioritized, but diamond signs are quite rare -- if you have priority, you are expected to know it yourself. But on the other hand, if an intersection is totally unmarked, the give-way-to-the-right rule applies.
The diamond sign is most often used in towns when the road which has priority turns. Like this:
 

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These signs are very common in Hungary. In most cases, they are used to mark highways outside cities, but sometimes they are used in cities to mark priority. However, you often have to check if there is a stop sign or a yield sign at the other entrance of the intersection.
 

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Maxx☢Power;68434239 said:
What's weird about it? Someone has to yield, right? What's the rule in the UK?
Don't know about the UK, but in the US, intersections are controlled by stop signs (or lights and so on), and when one road at an intersection with stop signs is clearly less important than the other one, the less important road is the one that has to stop.
The European priority-to-the-right concept is completely unknown here.
 

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Don't know about the UK, but in the US, intersections are controlled by stop signs (or lights and so on), and when one road at an intersection with stop signs is clearly less important than the other one, the less important road is the one that has to stop.
The European priority-to-the-right concept is completely unknown here.
Sorry I was unclear - what I meant was that sometimes on continental Europe you can be driving down a 'main' street but must yield/give way to traffic coming from the right, even if it's coming off a side street onto 'your' street.

In the UK and Ireland this rule doesn't exist - hence we don't need the diamond priority sign to clarify priority.

We don't have the equivalent of North American 4-way stops etc - where it is intended for all traffic to slow down in such scenarios, roundabouts would most likely be used where possible.
 
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