Okay, driver, who has the right of way at a T-Intersection? If you don’t know what the heck we’re talking about, watch the video below. Psst! It’s a 360 video, so you if you’re on a computer you can use your mouse to drag the screen and look around. If you’re on a smartphone, move the phone around to look in different directions. You best be informed about right of way rules before you get out on the road.
Before we analyze the video, let’s go over some definitions real quick.
Right of Way
Right of way, according to Merriam-Webster, means “the right to move onto or across the road before other people or vehicles.” So if you have the right of way, that means you get to go first. But you know what they say … First is the worst; second is the best. (And third is the one with the hairy chest).
A T-Intersection is an intersection of two roads that looks like, well, a T. If you’re driving on the vertical line, or bottom part of the T, that means your road will end and you’ll have to cross onto the horizontal line, or top part of the T. Having trouble visualizing it? Here’s a picture. The motor vehicle with the “A” is approaching a cross street and must turn onto it.
Alright, so now you know the basic right of way rules. But let’s revisit the initial question: Who has the right of way at a T-Intersection? Drumroll please ….
The Cross Street
The cross street is the top part of the T. Cars on the cross street have the right of way. Motor vehicles on the street that runs perpendicular to the cross street do not have the right of way and must yield. Oftentimes when you approach a cross street, you’ll see a yield sign reminding you who has the right of way. Like this:
So remember folks: If you’re driving on the cross street, you get to go first. And if you’re not? STOP and yield. Cause collisions are no fun.