A flush median is marked using diagonally painted white stripes in the middle of a road. They can give you a safe place to stop and wait for a gap in the traffic.

City02 Using flush medians v2

Where should you practise this?

Find a main road that has a side road to turn into and out of, with a flush median in the centre of the main road. Try this out at a time when there is a steady, but not heavy, flow of traffic.

Using a flush median to turn off a main road

Flush medians can be used when you want to turn off a main road but don’t want to hold up traffic. You wouldn't normally drive in them, but when you want to turn off they can come in handy.

Using a flush median to turn right off a main road, you’ll need to:

  • Get into the correct lane (if you're turning off a multi-laned road)
  • Plan where you want your car to end up on the flush median before you move onto it
  • Use your intersection approach routine: mirrors, indicate, course, brake, gear (if you're driving a manual), assess
  • Choose a safe gap to complete the turn.

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Using a flush median to turn onto a main road

Flush medians can also be used when traffic is heavy and you're trying to turn onto a main road. You can wait on the flush median until there’s a safe gap for you to join the flow of traffic.

Before you pull onto the flush median, check:

  • To the right, for a gap in traffic
  • To the left, to make sure no-one is going to move onto the flush median where you want to turn.

Once you're on the flush median and waiting to merge left, make sure you:

  • Indicate left so other drivers know that you want to move off the flush median
  • Check your mirrors and over your left shoulder before you move into the lane
  • Accelerate and merge with the traffic when there’s a gap you can fit into.

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