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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:07 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This is an intersection I have to encounter often. I let all cars pass until someone gives a yield signal since I don't know how this works. What is the correct order, assuming there's a car in all 5 spots the car at 1 moves first?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:35 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Welcome to Fun And Safe Driving akstylish. Thank you for joining the forums.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi akstylish, and welcome. Smile

Well, this is not enough data in your puzzle I would guess. What country are you in? Are there any signs at the intersection? Based on your drawing this is a country where people drive on the right side of the road and generally speaking, in the absence of any road signs, in most countries the "right hand rule" will apply. I.e. you have to yield to the car to the right of you. And everybody else, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:38 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi! Sorry I skipped the introduction. Smile

Thanks for the quick replies! Yes, I live in the U.S. where you drive on the right side. It's a 4-way stop. I'm aware of the right hand rule, but I'm confused because both lanes at the bottom move in the same direction. My best guess is 1-5-4-3-2-5-4-3 but I can't tell for sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:45 am Reply with quote Back to top

Well, if it's a four way stop in the US, then cars just go in the order of arrival, at least in the DC area where I live. I actually know the same intersection in McLean VA, and I am positive this is how people do it on this intersection.

As usual, when in doubt, it's usually wiser to yield and stay safe than to rush and be sorry. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:20 am Reply with quote Back to top

It's a congested area, so it'd be nice to know what to do if a car in all lanes stopped at the same time, even though it's an unlikely scenario.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

Here in Uk, the rules regarding intersection are as follows:

- The car approaching an intersection must give right of way to the car already in the intersection i.e. traffic in the intersection has the right of way.

- If two cars at an intersection arrive at the same time at a right angle, the car on the left must give right of way to the car on the right side.

Thus, the right hand side traffic has priority in an intersection.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:07 pm Reply with quote Back to top

US has the same rules. However, my question came with the assumption that a car in EVERY lane arrived at the stop simultaneously. It will probably never happen in my life, so I'll ask something more realistic: Who goes first in the diagram if 1,2, and 5 come to a stop at once?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

LOL I remember myself asking similar question over and over, when I just started driving. I am behind the steering wheel for almost 40 years already, and such thing NEVER happened to me. Smile

In real life somebody always arrives a bit earlier. Besides, even if all the cars arrive simultaneously (theoretical highly unlikely case), most of the drivers have at least some common sense and start to communicate with gestures. People are quite proficient in communication, you know Smile

It's a four way stop, right? So in your theoretical scenario all the cars are standing. Even if somebody does not have much common sense and instead of communicating decides to ram through, others have enough time to let him/her through without an accident, so it is really not a big deal. May be confusing, I know, but just don't sweat it too much, it's not worth it. Smile

As for your last question, about 1,2, and 5 arriving all at once - 1 and 2 officially have the right of way over the 5. Between themselves, since 2 continues in the same lane while 1 has to change lanes, 1 has to yield to 2 while on the intersection (assuming 2 is not in the right turn only lane).


Oh, and you might like this page: http://www.jimloy.com/humor/fourway.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:30 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The "CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP" sign (W4-4p) is posted on the minor side
streets underneath the stop sign. This is to warn drivers on the minor street
that the traffic crossing the path in front of them does not stop.
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