Right-of-way is extremely important for keeping our roads safe. It tells us in any given situation who should yield to other drivers on the road. With common sense, right-of-way laws prevent accidents.
Unfortunately, according to the Federal Highway Administration, one-quarter of traffic fatalities and nearly half of the traffic injuries occur at intersections — many due to confusion regarding the right of way.
Because every driver has a primary responsibility to avoid an accident, you must pay careful attention to other drivers’ intentions and actions and prepare to yield instead of assuming that other drivers will.
Every driver must do everything they can to prevent collisions. The best way to do so is to follow right-of-way rules. After all, if an accident does happen, the driver violating the right-of-way will ultimately be held responsible.
While most drivers generally understand some situations where they have the right-of-way, right-of-way laws can often be confusing. The following rules lay out the most important things you should know to determine who has the right-of-way.
Controlled intersections have pavement markings, road signs, and other traffic signals that tell drivers when they have the right of way. Here is how to handle the right of way when you arrive at any of the following controlled intersections:
Uncontrolled intersections are road intersections that do not have street signs, traffic lights, or road markings. These intersections can be more challenging to navigate. Here is how the right of way works in different situations at an uncontrolled intersection:
The right of way on a one-lane road varies depending on whether street markings indicate who has the right of way. When a driver goes downhill, the driver going uphill will have the right of way.
Another confusing concept related to right-of-way is merging. When we merge, there are certain precautions we should take to respect right-of-way rules and prevent an accident. These five tips will help you merge safely on the highway.
Once you do all these things before passing or merging every time, you can ensure a safer ride. Although all these tips are guidelines, not hard rules, it is best to take right-of-way seriously. Not only can they help make driving less stressful, but they can also prevent severe accidents and even save your life.
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