4 Way Stops

4 Way Stop SignLast 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.

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4 way stop intersection

WHAT ARE THE RULES IN RESPECT TO A 4 WAY STOP SIGNS INTERSECTION THAT IS 4 LANES,
2 IN EACH DIRECTION OF ALL FOUR . ALSO CONTAINING CROSSWALKS AT ALL 4 CROSSINGS.
THIS IS A REAL DILEMMA WHEN ALL FOUR LANES ARE OCCUPIED AT ONCE, INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT ORDER OF PROCEEDING FOR BOTH AUTOS AND PEDESTRIANS?
DO PEDESTRIANS AT (NOT IN) THE CROSSWALK FURTHEST FROM MY STOP SIGN HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY?

Where does an intersection

Where does an intersection like this exist?

4 way stop intersection

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. TENTH AND ARGYLE STREET.

Who Goes When

I wracked my brain for an example, but didn't come up with this one, and I've driven through it any number of times.

4 way stops are always first in, first out. That means that if the vehicle across from you comes to a stop, you come to a stop and the vehicle beside the vehicle comes to a stop, you each go in turn. If there is a pedestrian present in the crosswalk, you need to yield to them as you would at any other intersection. The complication is always caused by those who will not wait their turn.

Since there are four lanes in each direction, it means that you have to pay careful attention when you use it.

Situation on the road - driving test exam

My wife failed test exam, unfortunatelly examiner was unfair.

Her car was first @3 stops way. She avoided accident using safe driving according to rules and law.

Action: Made full stop at stop sign, made sure it’s safe to move out, pulled out slowly and found another car approaching aggressively. Had to stop to make sure another car stopped (after the sign already) to avoid an accident.

Examiner response comes into contradiction with rules and common sense. She said that my wife should go ahead without stopping; it’s your right of way.

From the BC’s safe driving guide: “Make full stops at stop signs, and make sure you stop in the correct position. When it’s safe to move out, pull out slowly, scanning the intersection”
From the BC’s safe driving guide: “If there is any doubt about who has the right of way, or if there is any chance of a crash, it’s always better to yield the right of way to the other person”
Experience: Some drivers just do not see stop sign and ignore it. Safety first!

 

2 and 4 way

how about intersections,built to wide,,say where 2 cars can fit comfortably,side by side,,,but there is no painted line to split it into 2 seperatrate lanes.

a few itersections in town are like this,,and most drivers,turn a 2way stop,into a 2way stop,only with 2 cars on the same side of the street,same on the other side that had the stop sign,,so now you have 4 cars waiting to enter the right of way lanes,,from a 2 way stop.

The 4 way stop has been turned into a six way stop,the east side of the intersection,,no painted line to seperate lanes(just too wide) and the north side,same thing,no painted lines to seperate them (just too wide)

Now if I drive my car in the middle,,I can prevent another vehical from tuning it into at least a 5 way,,but doiing this gets lots of honks from the drivers behind,

so are you allowed,,,without painted lines to seperate these  lanes,,alowed to change these intersections  from 2 way,to a 4 way,,and a 4 way to a 6 way?

The Imaginary inside lane gets turned into a right turning lane,

That's Passing on the Right

Thank-You

I thought I was correct,but nothing like beiing certain.

It,s just an apperent accepted practise in my town,Espessaly in higher traffic times of the day,I have never heard of anyone getting a ticket for this Dangerous driving practice.

So I will continue,to drive as close to the center of the road,to try and prevent the drivers from passing me on the right. And expect a whole lot more horn honking,and displayed middle fingers directed towards me.

I will continue to SMILE AND WAVE!

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