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IV. Driving through intersections
Yielding the right-of-way

There are times when you must yield the right-of-way. This means you must let another driver go first. Here are some rules about when you must yield the right-of-way.

At an intersection without signs or lights, you must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle approaching the intersection before you, and if you arrive at the same time, the vehicle approaching from the right has the right-of-way (Diagram 2-18).

an uncontrolled intersection
Diagram 2-18
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 vehicles stop at the same time, the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right (Diagram 2-19).

an controlled intersection
Diagram 2-19

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 or approaching your path to cross. If you are turning right, you must wait for pedestrians to cross if they are in or approaching your path (Diagram 2-20). You should also check your blind spot for cyclists approaching from behind, particularly in a bike lane to your right, on a sidewalk or a trail. 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.

a vehicle yielding the right-of-way to approaching vehicle turning right and a pedestrian crossing intersection
Diagram 2-20
When entering a road from a private road or driveway, you must yield to vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk (Diagram 2-21).

a vehicle yielding the right-of-way to vehicles on the road and pedestrians crossing on the sidewalk when entering road from a private driveway or road
Diagram 2-21

You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at specially marked pedestrian crossovers (Diagram 2-22).

Remember, signalling does not give you the right-of-way. You must make sure the way is clear.

vehicles yielding the right-of-way at a pedestrian crossover
Diagram 2-22