Right-of-way: When you must yield to it

When you give someone the right-of-way, it means you allow him to go first.

Here are rules as to when you must yield to the right of way

  1. At an intersection without sign or signal, you should yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the right.
  2. At an intersection with stop signs at all corners, you must yield the right-of-way to the first vehicle to come to a complete stop. If two vehicle stop at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right.
  3. At any intersection where you want to turn left or right, you must yield the right-of-way. If you are turning left, you must wait for approaching traffic to pass or turn and for pedestrians in your path to cross. If you are turning right, you must wait for pedestrian to cross if they are in your path.
  4. A yield sign means you must slow down or stop if necessary and yield the right-of-way to traffic in the intersection or on the intersecting road.
  5. When entering the road from a private road or drive way, you must yield to the vehicle on the road and the pedestrian on the side walk.
  6. You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrian crossing at specially marked pedestrian cross.

NOTE: Signalling does not give you the right-of-way, make sure the way is clear.


Further Reading

Traffic violation – Reasons for violation and some traffic violations

Toolbox Talk: Internal traffic control plan (ITCP)




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