There are several contexts that the term right-of-way is used, such as in land or transport. But of course for our purposes, today we will look at right-of-way in traffic or when driving.
Right-of-Way in traffic is: Having the right to use a specific traffic path, instead of another driver.
Yield to/ let pass those in the right of way.
This right-of-way policy is important especially in times when there are accidents, and it is being figured out which party is the right or wrong. Who is liable for the accident. etc.
So be very careful. Besides doing your usual careful-angel driving (I’m assuming) know what is right-of-way or not. You will need this information someday, maybe for yourself or for loved ones.
Who has the right of way?
- In intersections: those already inside the intersection
- In intersections: if 2 of you approach the intersection, the 1 at the right has the right of way
- In rotondas: those already going around the rotonda
- Pedestrians crossing at crosswalk
- Ambulance, police cars, fire department vehicles
To-dos to Respect Right of Way Rules :
AT ALL INTERSECTIONS without “stop” or “yield” signs, slow down and prepare to stop.
If vehicles are already in the middle or preparing to enter it, yield/ let them pass.
Yield to the vehicle on your right if it has reached the intersection of same time as your vehicle.
At Stop signs: Stop at any limit line or crosswalk. Yield to all approaching vehicles on the through street, go only when it is safe for you to cross. Approaching vehicles should slow down and allow you to get across safely.
At Left Turns: Signal left turn and yield to approaching traffic until it is completely safe to finish the turn.
At Rotondas: When entering a highway, yield the right-of-way to cars on the highway. Never insist on taking the right-of-way if there are “pasaway” drivers, let them have the right-of-way even if it belongs to you to prevent possible accidents.
Give the Right-of-Way to Emergency Vehicles sounding a siren or bell or flashing a red light by pulling to the edge of the roadway and stopping. In the event traffic is so congested as to prevent you from safely doing so, slow down and leave a clear path for the emergency vehicles.