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Safe Stop Sign Etiquette

In order to become a driver, a person needs to go through a lot of training and practice. There are a lot of rules of the road that need to be memorized. There are so many in fact, that it is only natural for some of them to be forgotten. One area where that is true, is with regards to stop signs.

Californian drivers are known for not fully obeying stop signs when they come across them. That is why a rolling stop is also known as a California stop. A driver needs to remember that they are required by law to come to a complete stop for three seconds when they come across a stop sign. If they don’t they could receive a traffic ticket.

Another thing that drivers are not aware of, is who has right-of-way at stop sign intersections. At four-way stops, the driver who reaches the intersection first has right-of-way. If two vehicles get to the intersection at the same time, the driver to the right has the right-of-way. In this instance, the driver to the left should yield to the driver on the right. Remember, the driver on the right has right-of-way.

At intersections where two opposite sides have stop signs, but the other ways have no stop signs or lights, the through traffic has right-of-way. Drivers at the stop signs have to wait until all through traffic is clear of the intersection before they can enter the intersection.

At T-intersections, through traffic, the cars traveling across the top of the T, always has right-of-way.

Remembering every single little rule about driving can be difficult, but it is important to do so. Failing to follow these rules can earn a driver an expensive ticket.

Following these rules also helps keep a driver safe on the road, which keeps other drivers safe as well.