Road Rules 101: How does right-of-way differ between stop signs and T-intersections

March 18, 2019 by PEMCO Insurance

stop sign.The first rule to remember is no one has true "right" of way. Anyone is obligated to yield if another car is within the intersection or so close as to present a hazard. Also, you'll want to yield to pedestrians. That said, there are some rules to remember for each type of intersection:

Two-way stops: Left turners yield to drivers who are turning right or going straight.

Four-way stops: Generally, this rule applies: First to arrive, first to drive. If drivers arrive at the same time, the driver to the right goes first. If two cars arrive at the same time and are facing each other, the driver going straight goes first. If you're turning right, and the car across from you is going straight, it's OK to turn right at the same time.

T-intersections: You'll stay safe when you follow the rule, "Top of the T goes before me."

NOTE: While we're experts in loss prevention and home/auto safety, we don't consider ourselves experts in traffic laws or their enforcement. Information shared here is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have legal concerns, we urge you to contact a law enforcement source or attorney in your community.

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