4 Way Stops
Last week's column dealt with where to stop. The next most commonly asked question is, having stopped, who goes first, especially at four way stops? There are many variables involved in these situations so lets look at both two and four way stops.
In the two way stop situation, through traffic on the street without the stop signs has right of way according to Road Sense for Drivers. If two drivers arrive at the same time facing each other at the stop signs and there is no through traffic a driver turning left must yield. If the left turn driver arrives first and there is no through traffic, the left turn driver goes first.
Once the driver at the stop sign has allowed through traffic approaching the intersection closely enough to be a hazard to proceed, other through traffic must yield and allow that driver to enter or cross the through highway.
In the four way stop situation, it is meant to be first to stop, first to go. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, you yield to the vehicle on your right. If two vehicles facing each other stop at the same time the rule for the same situation in the two way stop applies.
If there is any doubt who has the right of way or if there is the chance of a crash, it is better to yield the right of way to the other driver, even if you don't have to.