Traffic Stop signs are one of the most recognized signs that drivers encounter everyday along the roadways. All drivers have the responsibility to drive safely, have consideration for the law and make a complete stop at every stop sign.
Stop sign violations are a serious moving violation that will go against your driving record if you are issued a traffic ticket by the Police. A Stop sign ticket is also very expensive and because it is considered a moving violation, it can cause your insurance rates to go up.
Stop! Stop! Stop!
Stopping for a count of three or for as long as it would take for you to say stop, stop, stop will assure that you have come to a full and complete stop.
When you approach the stop sign, come to a complete stop behind the limit line. It will take you three seconds to properly look left, right and then left again to see that no traffic is coming before proceeding. Think safety.
Safety reminders: make a proper, full and completestop behind the limit line or three to four feet behind the sign for a count of three. Look left, right then left and proceed.
Four way stop
Four way Stop signs can be confusing especially if four cars all approach the intersection from all four directions at the same time. The best rule of thumb to follow is that the car to your right will have the right of way to proceed first.
Also, depending on the arrival of each car will also determine who can go first. Usually the car that arrives first can go first or the two cars facing each other from opposite directions will both go at the same time.
There is also an unwritten rule of courtesy where one driver will make eye contact with another driver and hand motion to the other drivers to go ahead through the sign.
Safety reminders: when you approach a four way stop sign, yield the right of way to the car to your right or if you arrive first, go first, or you can be courteous and wave the other cars to go before you.
Many of the stop signs we encounter everyday are usually close to our home or regular driving route. We become complacent and start to only slow down or “roll” through the signs because there is a sense of familiarity and we forget the importance of safety.
All of the stressors associated with the Police pulling you over for not stopping at a stop sign are so unnecessary and it is time and money that could be spent on other more important things in your life.
As a friendly reminder, and for your safety and the safety of all other divers please take the time at each sign to make a full complete STOP!
Article also posted on Triond by Scott Hallock