There are hundreds upon hundreds of four way stops throughout Arizona.
They might seem simple, yet accidents occur almost daily. Why?
Simply put, four way stops can be tricky. There are many variables involved when you arrive at a stop. Many drivers don’t know the right of way rules.
Just one person can cause an accident, so how do you make sure you are safe when you arrive at a four-way stop? Here are a few tips.
- Timing is crucial. Generally, the first vehicle to come to a complete stop at the intersection has the right of way.
- If there are two vehicles that arrive at the same time, the driver making a left hand turn will yield to the other driver opposite of them.
- If two vehicle arrive at the same time and are at 90 degree angles to one another, the vehicle on the right has the right of way.
Make sure you follow these rules the next time you come to a four way stop. Now, keep in mind that attention and reason must always be the rule of thumb.
No one wants to get in an accident, and the “he’s at fault” argument means little difference when your car is wrecked and you are injured.
Also, if there are no independent witnesses, these collisions often turn into a “he said, she said” argument. Regardless of who “gets there first”, good driving suggests:
- Make eye contact with the other driver;
- Signal as needed so both drivers are sure of who is doing what;
- Proceed cautiously to assure no miscommunication causes an accident;
- Acknowledge courtesies of other drivers.
Discuss these rules with your teen drivers often.
Remember, the best accident is the one that never happens!