Ministry of Transportation / Ministère des Transports
Home > Road Safety > Road Safety Topics > Yield the Right of Way
Text size Enlarge Text Shrink Text
Search Search  |  

Yield the Right of Way

There are times when you must yield the right-of-way. This means you must let another person go first.

Here are some rules about when you must yield the right-of-way:

Illustration of pedestrian crossing
  • At an intersection without signs or signals, you should yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the right.

  • 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 should yield to the vehicle on the right.

  • 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 your path to cross. If you are turning right, you must wait for pedestrians to cross if they are in your path.

  • 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.

  • When entering a road from a private road or driveway, you must yield to vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk.

  • You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at specially marked pedestrian crossings.

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