Rules of “Stop and Yield” at the Intersection Print

    This article is about the importance to stop and yield at the intersection. It consists of two parts: yielding to other cars and yielding to pedestrians. Hopefully it will help drivers understand about these rules and follow them. This way, all drivers and pedestrians will be able to pass the intersection orderly to ensure the safety of their lives and assets.


    One. Cars stopping and yielding to other cars at the intersection
    “Go at green lights, and stop at reds” is the universal traffic rule. Drivers should drive according to the lights. When there is an officer or a traffic volunteer directing traffic at the intersection, follow their directing. However, when there are neither traffic lights nor directors, what is the correct way to pass the intersection?
    According to the Road and Traffic Safety Regulations, the principles of passing an uncontrolled intersection are as follows. Vehicles on the side road should yield to those on the main road. -> Vehicles on a smaller road should yield to those on the multi-lane roads. -> Turning vehicles yield to vehicles going straight down. -> Vehicles on the left yield to those on the right. Details are explained below:


    1.Side road and main road

    The upside down triangular “Yield” sign, octagonal red “Stop” sign, “Yield” marking, “Stop” marking, and flashing red light on the road all indicate this is a side road. Cars at the intersection of a side road have to stop to yield to cars on the main road. The flashing yellow light indicates this is a main road. Although cars on the main road have the right of way, the right should not be abused. Cars should still slow down when approaching the intersection.







    side road

    Drivers have to slow down or stop here to look at traffic on the main road. Let the cars on the main road pass and then proceed when it is safe.

    Drivers have to stop here and proceed when it is safe.

    Yield marking
    It indicates a main road ahead. Drivers have to slow down or stop to let the cars on the main road pass.

    Stop marking
    Drivers have to stop here and then proceed.

    Flashing red light
    It is installed on the side road indicating “stop and then proceed.” At the sight of it, all cars on should stop at the intersection before proceeding.

    main road


    Flashing yellow light
    It is a warning light for cars on the main road. Drivers have to proceed in a low speed. Watch out and pass safely.

    2. Small road, multi-lane road

    Where there are no traffic lights to indicate which is the main road, look at the number of lanes on the roads to decide who has the right of way. Count the lanes leading to the intersections including fast lanes, slow lanes, right turn lanes, left turn lanes, exclusive lanes, scooter priority lanes, and reversible lanes. When cars are approaching an uncontrolled intersection, cars on the road with more lanes have the right of way.

    3. Turning car, car going straight forward

    At the intersection, cars going straight forward have the right of way.

    4. Car on the left, car on the right

    At an uncontrolled intersection, when two cars are both turning or going straight forward on two roads with equal numbers of lanes, use the relative position of the car to decide who has the right of way. The car on the left shall stop and yield to the car on the right.


    Two. Cars stopping and yielding to pedestrians at the intersection
    Pedestrians are vulnerable on the road so they should be protected by the laws to safeguard their rights and ensure their safety. Pedestrians have the absolute right of way on the pedestrian walk.


    Any cars approaching the pedestrian walk have to pay extra attention and slow down to stop immediately anytime for pedestrians. Moreover, even though the pedestrian walk, traffic lights, and traffic directors are all absent at the intersection, cars still have to yield to pedestrians.


    Pedestrians should learn how to cross the road safely and learn about the traffic etiquette. For example, raise your hand to attract attention before crossing, and try to make eye contact with drivers to remind them to stop and yield. While waiting on the sidewalk at the intersection, please stay about three steps away to keep a safe distance from cars on the road to avoid accidents. Moreover, in addition to drivers’ blind spots, there is a dangerous zone between the two trajectories of the inner front wheels and back wheels of big vehicles (buses, containers, big trailers, and trucks) when these vehicles are making a turn. You should stay away from the blind spots and the dangerous zone for your own safety.


    Regulations stipulate that pedestrians have the absolute right of way, but pedestrians and drivers should respect each other and use the road based on traffic etiquette to ensure smooth and safe traffic.

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