Driving 101: Right of Way


What is the right-of-way in driving?

I’m sure many Nashville drivers don’t have a clue what that is or think their way is the right way in traffic.

Seriously, there is a rule about the right-of-way.

Right-of-way are rules that help people drive safely when there is no traffic sign or direction for stopping or yielding to another vehicle.

At an intersection without a stop or yield sign, slow down and prepare to stop.  Yield to vehicles already in the intersection or entering it in front of you.  Always yield to the car that arrived first.  If you and another driver reach the intersection at the same time, yield if the car is on your right.

Don’t always assume people know this.  Use caution whenever you are confronted with these situations.  Don’t always insist on others going ahead of you.  If another vehicle expects you to take your legal turn, you might delay traffic by stopping or slowing unnecessarily.  Do what you are supposed to do.

At four-way stops, if you get there the same time as another vehicle, the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way.  The right vehicle has the right-of-way.

If a vehicle is turning in obeying a traffic signal, you must wait until they are cleared until you can make your move.  A vehicle must remain stopped until all cross traffic is gone.

In Nashville, it seems that the rule is do whatever you want to do or do it before the other person.  That’s not right-of-way.  If everyone would just do what they are supposed to do then traffic would flow better and our roads would be safer.


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