What a professional will do is predictable, but the world is full of amateurs. This wisdom can easily be transferred to the driving world, although even here we often have doubts and the professionalism of some professionals.

Anyway, with Pavlo Greiner from the King Driving School (Prague, České Budějovice), today we will explain turning at multi-lane intersections that allow (both lanes) to turn in the same direction. So what about priority and parallel driving?

Branching from single-stream to multi-stream

You can probably imagine the typical model situation depicted in the picture below in real operation. The driver of car A, standing on a one-way road and turning left, usually knows to give way to oncoming traffic and can then choose which of the lanes, which are also turning left, to enter.

However, in such a case, driver A must also give priority to drivers who are turning right opposite him, as they not only have the choice of lane, but also the right of way. In our model example, car B can easily cross over into the left lane as part of turning right, as it can turn left again after a few hundred meters, for example.

Photo: Jan Majurník

Driver A can choose which lane to enter, but must give way to driver B, who also has a choice.

Furthermore, driver B does not have to be the driver of a passenger car, but perhaps of a truck with a trailer or a bus, while these larger vehicles sometimes need to cross into the left lane in order to be able to join the right lane.

In the model situation, be careful if you are turning left (car A) and oncoming traffic (car B) has two or more lanes to overtake when turning right. Then they can choose and have the right of way. Of course, in an ideal world both vehicles will pass in parallel (B right lane, A left lane), but this is not always possible due to the size of the vehicles, and therefore the design of the intersection.

Multi-stream to multi-stream branching

However, a different situation occurs if there are two turning lanes before entering the intersection and two connecting lanes after the turn. Then everyone has to stick to (steer into) their own lane when turning, and after merging into lanes, the classic rules of driving in lanes and crossing lanes apply.

Photo: Jan Majurník

In this model example, each driver must follow their own lane when shifting. Again, A drivers prefer B drivers.

Connecting from a multi-lane road to a multi-lane road within an intersection is quite a challenge, especially for young drivers who, with their (albeit unintentional) wrong actions, cause a dangerous situation, in the worst case, a collision. But it’s not just young people…

So watch out for this situation, watch the traffic in front of you, and especially in built-up areas, where statistically the most car accidents happen, be especially careful. Let’s roll down in 2024!