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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Who has the Right of Way?

08 Nov Blog | Comments

There are many rules in life and driving is no different. So, it should come as no surprise that not everyone remembers them all. One area that many people seem to have trouble with is, who has the right of way? They are important rules to know, so let’s review a few of them.

4-Way Stop

As you pull up to a 4-way stop it is important to notice if there are any other cars either already stopped, or pulling up to the stop sign at the same time. If there are any other cars already at the 4-way stop they have the right of way. If you and another car arrive at the same time and they are to your right, they have the right of way.

Be aware though that sometimes others do not always follow the rules of the road and go when it is not their right of way. You have 2 options, you can get angry, punch the gas and possibly cause an accident, or you can let them go which helps keep the roads safer.

2-Lane Side Street

Many side streets only have two lanes and sometimes those lanes are very narrow. That can make it impossible for two cars to drive down the road if there is a car parked on the street. If you are the car driving down the side of the road that has the car parked you are required to yield to the car coming the other direction.

However, sometimes the car coming down the side of the road with the car parked does not follow those rules of the road. Unfortunately the only alternatives here are to yield or get a car accident.

Yellow/Red Blinking Lights

If you ever approach a streetlight that is blinking yellow lights on 2 sides and 2 red lights it should be treated as a 2-way stop sign for the sides blinking red. For the two sides that are blinking yellow should be treated as a cautionary light which means you need to slow down as you proceed through the traffic light. This allows you to see if there is any other traffic coming and to make sure that they come to a stop before you proceed.

Red Blinking Lights or No Lights at All

If you ever approach a streetlight that is blinking red on all four sides or has no lights blinking at all it should be treated as a 4-way stop sign. This allows you to see if there is any other traffic coming and to make sure that they come to a stop before you proceed.

The rules of the road are complex and many that they are important to follow keep everyone safe. Everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going, but keep in mind that by following the rules of the road you will actually get where you’re going instead of ending up in an accident.

 

 

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