Thursday, August 16, 2012

4-Way Stop: A Review

Depending on the route I take, I can hit up to 5 4-way stops on the way to or from work. I would say about 80% of the time people have no idea what to do, especially when two or more cars arrive at the intersection at the same time. Then you get into the "you go" "no you go" dance, kind of like this insurance ad, or it looks a lot like this:

Fig. 1: The 4-way stop reality (source).

I find it so frustrating, and just wish people would follow the damn rules we all learned in driver's ed. So, as a public service, here is a review of the rules of a 4-way stop:

From Ontario's Ministry of Transportation website: At an intersection with stop signs at all corners, you must yield the right-of-way to the first vehicle to come to a complete stop. If two vehicles stop at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right. 

Bonus information for London drivers: a red light means stop, not speed up. In the last week, I've seen about 5 cars blow right through an intersection when the lights for the other direction were green for at least a couple of seconds.

Pass it on!