If the world was connected by a single road, you would never need to know the rules of right of way (#deep). But that would be terrible, so let’s talk about what to do when you get to all different types of intersections. Understanding right of way is a huge part of being a safe, courteous driver. A lot of these rules are based on common sense and the ability to read a situation, but it’s also important to know the basic rules so you can react with confidence.

Peach doesn’t need to worry about right of way.
Peach doesn’t need to worry about right of way.

Right of Way Instructional Videos

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Right of Way Rules

  • Controlled intersections
  • Lights or signs
  • Uncontrolled intersections
  • No lights or signs
  • T-intersections
  • Different pavement surfaces
  • Different laned Roads
  • Left turns

Basically, anywhere where one roadway/pathway intersects with another is when you should be on the lookout. Not only do you have to be aware of other vehicles and cyclists, but right of way rules also apply to pedestrians. In places of high pedestrian density, such as schools or parking lots, you will have to yield right of way to those not in vehicles.

Right of way dog
Right of way dog

When it comes to right of way, it’s better to be a giver than a taker. You can’t go around taking right of way all willy-nilly, but you also shouldn’t just give it away all the time – you’ll never get anywhere. It’s a compromise. If you’re doing something that’s not following the rules, such as giving right of way when it is clearly yours to take, then you could cause driver confusion, which can cause an accident.

The last thing to remember about right of way is that you should always yield right of way to emergency vehicles. They’ve got forever dibs on right of way.

While right of way rules aren’t complicated, they’re very important to know and understand. Take some time to check out our videos on the different rules for different intersections.