Theory questions

You are driving the car from which the photo is taken and you want to turn into the small road on the right. Which statement is true?

A driver may only turn in a junction if this can be done without danger or unnecessary obstruction to others travelling in the same direction. Particular attention is to be given to the traffic behind.” (Swedish Road Traffic Ordinance)

In 99 cases out of 100, there is likely to be no problem turning. You must indicate and reduce your speed in good time. Examples of danger/unnecessary obstruction:

  • You have cars close behind you and see the turn at the last second. You brake abruptly and indicate 1 metre before the turn. This results in the cars behind crashing into you. The cars behind are of course largely to blame as they did not maintain a suitable distance. But you are also to blame as you performed a sudden and dangerous manoeuvre given the traffic situation. In other words, the turn could not be made “without danger”.

  • A long and wide truck comes out from the small road, making it impossible for you to turn in. If you are positioned on the road waiting for it to pull out, this can be seen as an “unnecessary obstruction”.

Is this really a “junction”?
– Yes, all places where at least two roads meet are junctions.

Does the last option not mean the same thing as the right answer?
– No, not entirely. You can have some impact (for example, that the cars behind must slow down slightly), but you cannot have such an impact that it causes danger. What is deemed “unnecessary obstruction” is ultimately for the courts to determine.

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