Rules of the Road: Back to the Basics - Part II

Who’s Turn Is It?

Have you ever found yourself in a waving battle with other drivers at an intersection because everyone arrived at the same time?  The driver reaching the intersection and stopping should go first, but when two cars reach an intersection at the same time, the car on the right should have the right of way. 

Turning on Red Lights

Most drivers are aware, if not prohibited by signs, you may turn right at a red light.  You must first come to a complete  stop and then proceed only when the way is clear of other vehicles and pedestrians.  Turning left on red  is permitted only  when turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street.  Again, you must first come to a complete stop and proceed if the roadway is clear. 

Communicating With Other Drivers

While driving, you are sharing the road with others.   It is important to remember that communicating with other drivers ensures safety of everyone on the road.  

Communicating means letting others know where you are by using your head lights, your horn and using emergency signals when necessary.  You can, and should, let others know what you plan to do by using your signals.  During rainy, foggy, cloudy  or snowy weather it is sometimes difficult to see other vehicles on the road and using your headlights in these conditions will help other drivers see you and possibly avoid a collision.  For the benefit of other drivers, you should always use your signal when you expect to change lanes, make a turn, or park.  Remember you do not have the right-of-way just by turning on your signals.  Give advance warning and be aware of the intention of other drivers.


Posted July 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM