Traffic Truths: 3 Road Rules That Mystify Most Drivers
We all make mistakes behind the wheel. Sooner or later, that’s bound to happen. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be avoided at all costs. A “silly mistake” like failing to yield to the right-of-way or following another car too closely can quickly culminate in injuries or even fatalities. And because 56% of teens rely on their parents to learn how to drive, it’s likely that many of these young drivers will pick up on their parents’ poor driving habits and think nothing of them. Fortunately, many of these mistakes can be avoided by enrolling in drivers education classes. Once you know the most common mistakes drivers tend to make, you’ll know how to keep them from happening once you learn to drive. To that end, here are just three rules of the road that a lot of drivers get wrong.
Four-way stops are intimidating and confusing for many drivers — even those who have had their licenses for years. The driver who arrives at the four-way stop first has the right to proceed through the intersection first. If you happen to arrive at the intersection at the exact same time as another driver, the car that’s to the right maintains the right-of-way. Be cautious yet proactive when approaching these intersections. And by all means, fight against your instincts to let other drivers go before you if you reached the intersection first. It just creates confusion (not to mention an unsafe situation) for all involved.
Like four-way stops, lane changes and merging can be a bit frightening for inexperienced and established drivers alike. But the more you talk about it in your drivers education classes and practice driving on major highways, the more comfortable with the idea you’ll be. Use the onramp to get your vehicle up to the proper speed. This will allow you more time to find an opening in traffic and adjust your speed accordingly. Apply the same concept when you change lanes, whether it be on a highway or a local road. Resist the urge to slow down while changing lanes, unless the traffic conditions require you to do so. And always remember to use your turn signals to alert other drivers to your intentions!
You’ll probably get stuck behind a school bus at one point or another, which can be an infuriating experience for drivers who are in a time crunch. But while it may cause you to be delayed a few minutes, it’s important to remember the traffic lessons you learned in your drivers education classes and follow the law. When that lit-up stop sign on school bus comes out, that typically indicates that both lanes of traffic — meaning even those drivers who are going in the opposite direction — need to come to a complete halt. You should stop until that sign starts to retract, even if you don’t immediately see any kids crossing the street. Note that some state laws do vary somewhat on this issue, so it will behoove you to find out more in your drivers education classes if you’re unsure. The only situation that doesn’t require both sides of traffic to stop is when the school bus is on a divided highway with a median or other physical barrier. However, drivers on both sides should still slow down and use caution until the bus retracts its sign.
With so many things to remember while operating a vehicle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or forget what you read about in drivers ed. That’s why it can be helpful to supplement your classroom learning and parent-taught lessons with one-on-one instruction through a driving school. While there are many other confusing and dangerous situations that happen while you’re behind the wheel, having a more in-depth understanding of these three rules can help you stay safe once you have your license.
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