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Right of Way
Traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings do not always resolve conflicts. 

The right of way rule tells drivers who goes first and who must wait in different situations.

Here are the right-of -way rules:

A driver approaching an intersection must yield the right-of-way to traffic already in the intersection. (traffic in the intersection has the right of way)

  • If drivers are approaching an intersection from opposite directions, the driver turning left must yield to approaching traffic going straight or turning right. (traffic going straight or turning right has the right-of-way)
  • Two drivers at an intersection that arrived at the same time at a right angle. The driver on the left must yield the right-of way. ( the driver on the right has the right of way)
  • A vehicle entering a roadway form a driveway, alley, private driveway, parking lot, or any other place that is not another roadway, must stop and yield the right-of-way to traffic or pedestrian on the roadway. 
  • Pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks have the right-of-way.
  • Traffic in a blocked intersection has the right of way.  Do not enter the intersection until the traffic has cleared.

  • Traffic in a circle or rotary have the right of way.
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