Americans moving to the UK may be surprised at the driving differences that that see. Not only do the British drive on the left on much narrower roads, but many of the traffic signs and rules of the road are also different. A notable exception is the red and white stop sign that is the same in both countries. When you take to the roads in the UK, you will not see a yield sign. However, you will see plenty of give way signs instead. How should you give way on British roads?
Approaching a Give Way Sign
As you approach a give way sign, you should slow down and prepare to stop, if necessary. Drivers are not required to come to a complete stop when they notice a give way sign in the distance, unless they see traffic approaching. In that case, drivers must give way to all oncoming traffic until it is safe to drive on, including wheelchair, scooter users, pedestrians and cyclists.
How to Give Way at a Roundabout
Roundabouts can be very confusing for foreigners moving to the UK who have never navigated a roundabout before. But with some advance preparation and knowledge, you will be able to get through the roundabout without holding up traffic or causing a road traffic accident. Do not expect to see any give way signs as you approach a roundabout, but that is what is expected of drivers.
As you come to a roundabout, prepare to slow down. Look at the road ahead, if it is clearly visible, which will give you an indication of oncoming traffic. Always give way to traffic that is already moving through the roundabout, as these drivers have priority over you, and give way to the right.
Give way signs are the British equivalent of yield signs in America and should be treated in the same manner. As you approach a give way sign, slow down and prepare to stop, if there is oncoming traffic that has priority over you. You must also give way if a wheelchair user, scooter users, pedestrians or cyclists have already started crossing the road, as they have priority over you.
Justlanded.com, General Road Rules. Rules and traffic signs in the UK.