Advanced Emerging


I really believe that emerging is one of the most difficult things whilst learning to drive.  The end of every road will no doubt be different from the last one and so it's tricky to prescribe one solution that fits all the problems that could be encountered at each turn.

Once you have the hang of basic emerging it's time to start trying to perfect it.  Depending on what you see at the end of the road determines what will happen next.

Open junctions - The term open junction basically means that when you're coming to the end of the road you can see clearly both to the right and left, enabling you to make an ealry decision on stopping or going.  You will still be expected to complete your MSM routine and get your speed down to about 10/15 mph.  If you can see both to the left and right, and it's clear, then no need to stop.  You can simply make your turn in 2nd gear and make progress. Don't forget to check your mirror in the new road.  The photo below is a classic open junction up on Clifton Downs.




Closed junctions - This applies to about 95% of the junctions you'll come across.  This is when you can see very clearly that you have no idea of what is behind the bushes/wall/fence/trucks etc at the end of the road, blocking your visibility and so therefore you'll have to stop.  The advanced technique for these junctions is as follows.  Below are two contrasting closed junctions.  They can be found in both cities and in leafy suburbs.

Let's assume you're turning left first.  On approach, you're asked to turn left.  Mirrors first, then signal, start reducing your speed.  Now you have to assume there is danger around the corner and that we're going to stop.  If you can't see round the corner, dip the clutch, go into 1st gear but stay down on the clutch.  Now you may think this is coasting, but it's not.  You're preventing the car from stalling here as you've planned in advance that you're going to stop.  Still under braking getting the car down to about 5 mph, position the car with enough left turn so to ease you round the corner, hugging the kerb and out of the road. DON'T RELEASE THE CLUTCH. When you get to where the giveway lines vanish under the cars bonnet you will now be able to observe
and if clear, simply come slowly off the clutch, the engine will engage the wheels and we'll drive off and away as your right foot swings back to the gas and fuel can be added to get away smoothly and quickly.

If it's not clear, we're already down on the clutch with our right foot near the brake doing 5mph-ish, simply apply the brake and we'll stop in the perfect postion. 

The key is to not observe until the end of the road, focus on position and following that kerb until the give way lines vanish, then look to go.




Just apply the same to turning right.  Be aware that turning right is more difficult as you have to move across a lane of traffic.  Remember to emerge straight first, then make your turn and get into your driving position ASAP.

Emerging up hill - You want to be applying the same method here.  If there is even a hint up an up hill gradient at the end of the road, get into first gear and find the bite just before the car looses momentum.  You should be completely off the clutch buy the time you get to the end of the road depending on how steep the gradiant is, just the smallest bit of gas is required.  You will then approach the end of the road at a lovely speed enabling you to observe both left and right and then be able to decide to go or stop.

Open junction emerging