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Right of way rules on hills

If you are driving in a country area with single-track roads and steep hills, be sure you know the rules of right of way. Driving up or down steep hills can be a challenge and you really don’t want to meet another car on a narrow gradient with no passing place. However, should this happen, who has the right of way on a hill? In this instance, if you’re driving the car facing downhill, you must yield the right-of-way and back up, however awkward, until you reach a place where the vehicle coming uphill can pass you. This is because a vehicle facing downhill has the greater amount of control when backing up a hill. For a vehicle going up the hill, it is more difficult to stop and reverse safely down even in a modern car. Rule 155 of the Highway Code for single-track roads is clear: ‘Give way to road users coming uphill whenever you can. If necessary, reverse until you reach a passing place to let the other vehicle pass.’