Question for advanced drivers…?

I'm currently learning to drive. I'm pretty comfortable driving but there's one thing that baffles me. Here's the scenario

I'm approaching a red light and theres a queue of traffic. As I approach, I manage to work out that if I stop just behind the car in front, I'd be blocking a

I'm currently learning to drive. I'm pretty comfortable driving but there's one thing that baffles me. Here's the scenario

I'm approaching a red light and theres a queue of traffic. As I approach, I manage to work out that if I stop just behind the car in front, I'd be blocking a junction to my left. Should I have sat before the junction even if the road markings don't say so or should I only ever wait before if the road markings state so? Thank you. Newbie.

Other answer:

Obi Wan Knievel:
You don't want to block any intersection, especially a major one. But sometimes it just can't be helped.

You don't ever want to find yourself stuck in the middle of a busy controlled intersection, in fact blocking an intersection is against the law in many places. But…

If you're on a major multi-lane artery downtown, waiting at lights at Main Street and First Street, sometimes you'll find yourself blocking some little side road that exits onto Main Street. It's not an ideal situation, you don't want to do it, but sometimes it can't be avoided when you're in heavy stop & go traffic.

Ianab:
Exact rules may very from place to place, but here it's actually illegal to enter an intersection if your exit is blocked,

So as you can't cross the intersection with the side street, because there is a stopped car on the other side, then you should stop just short, leaving a gap for other cars to enter or leave the side street. Once the exit is clear, then you carry on.

On busy roads they often cross hatch the road to remind people. But the rule still applies even if the road isn't marked.

Bertsta:
Common sense and courtesy says leave the junction clear. Here in Western Australia it is also an offence to block an intersection, so I guess we don't have that much common sense or courtesy here..
CB:
Normally it is courteous to allow access (in or out) to a side road – not required usually but blocking someones ability to leave a side street for a few minutes is frowned upon.
larrybud2004:
Yes, you should stop before you block it. Then you should be able to see if the traffic ahead is about to move, and proceed, assuming you still have a green light!

If you don't stop, that is what "gridlock" is all about. The light turns red, you're blocking the intersection, now the car to your left and right cannot move.

logicalgal:
Always stop before any junction or entrance to a parking lot
Michael:
Never block a driveway or cross traffic if you have nowhere to go. Why should it take a sign to tell someone not to obstruct other traffic?
Snezzy:
If you should block someone it is almost always a bad idea to back up.
StephenWeinstein:
You should stop before the junction. You should not stop in it.

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