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Right-of-Way

Right of Way

Drivers must be prepared to yield, the right of way rules are based on safety and courtesy not controlled by signs or signals. See the special situations and get to know how to respond in front all of them.
  • You must yield to pedestrians who are in the crosswalk if a traffic light turns green; when you turning and they are crossing a driveway or an alley. Always wait until they cross totally.
  • You must stop and do not honk, especially if they are disabled pedestrians crossing.
  • When you found intersections not controlled by signals, reduce the speed and look left and right and continue if the road is clear. You must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered the intersection.
  • Be cautious when you faced to an intersection with stop signs in all directions. The first driver should be the first to go. Many times you must try to judge the intentions of other drivers to avoid accidents.
  • Always the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right, when two vehicles on different roadways arrive at the same time to uncontrolled intersection.
  • If your option is turn left, you must first yield the right-of-way to any oncoming vehicle, to other car in the intersection or some pedestrian or bicyclist crossing your intended path.
  • Pedestrians, bicyclist and vehicles have the priority when you are entering to private roads, driveways, and unpaved roads.
  • If you come to a roadway divided with three or more lanes from a single or two-lane road, you must yield the right-of-way.
  • Use the right turn signals; choose the proper lane when you are driving inside traffic circle or rotary. Do not stop in the rotary.
  • Roundabouts are used on busy streets, they follow the same rules that rotaries, but is necessary reduce speed to 25mph. or less. The most of them have yield lines on the pavement and crosswalks for pedestrians.
  • Pedestrians must carry a light or reflector if you walk along a highway at night.
  • Slow down when approaching a YIELD sign.
  • Increase or decrease speed when approaching a MERGE sign.
Always be cautious and drive defensively. You can prevent crashes and save lives if you yield the right-of-way. You give a lesson to other who is not following the rules of the road.