4-Way Stops

Posted by Scott Wilson on Jan 28, 2016 5:00:00 PM

A lot of situations that you encounter on the road are pretty self-explanatory and easy enough to figure out and work your way through with little hassle. Then there's 4-way intersections. You'd be hard pressed to find a more frustrating exchange of behind-the-wheel hand gestures than when you're facing three other drivers who all think they got to their stop sign first. There's four different kinds of people you'll meet here. The polite "you go ahead - no really, go ahead. Please go ahead" driver, who will let anyone and everyone go before them. Then there's the confused driver, who has no idea what to do in this situation and makes hand motions only discernible to themselves as they try to figure out how to handle this near-apocalyptic situation. There's the "false-starter" who you think is letting you go, but then lurches their car forward and slams on the brakes as they swear incoherently at you for not reading their mind. And finally, there's the "charging bull" driver who barges through the intersection after mildly tapping their brakes at the stop sign, and cuts off everyone regardless of how long they've been waiting. As it turns out, there are actually some rules you should follow here. The thing is, most people don't know them or have long forgotten what they were.

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, 4-way stops, intersections, stop signs

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