10 Traffic Rules Everyone Forgets

1. Speeding- No matter how long you have been driving, there's a good chance you tend to speed every once in a while. If you are 5-miles-per-hour over the speed limit, you are breaking the law. 

2. Not Stopping- Stop means stop- as in a full complete stop. It is tempting to slow down at a stop sign or red light when there is no other traffic around, but police can still pull you over and issue a ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or red light. 

3. Four-Way Stops- How many times have you pulled up at a four-way stop with three other cars, all at the same time, and nobody knows who should go first? The general rule is that the first vehicle to arrive at the stop sign has the right of way. However if two or more cars arrive at the same exact time, the car to the right has owns the tie breaker and goes first. 

4. Wearing Seat Belts- When your destination is just around the corner or a block away, it can be tempting to save time by not buckling up. This is one traffic rule that should never be ignored. 

5. Yielding- Driving laws require motorists to yield in various scenarios. Right of way must be yielded to other drivers in the following instances 

  • At a yield sign
  • To pedestrians in a crosswalk
  • To persons using a seeing eye guide dog
  • To persons using a white can with or without a red tip
  • At uncontrolled intersections where vehicles are already in the intersection
  • At 'T' intersections where you must yield to vehicles on the through road
  • When turning left in which case you must yield to oncoming pedestrians, cars, etc.
  • When driving on an unpaved road that intersects with a paved road
  • When returning to the roadway after the car is parked

6. Tailgating- This is one of those traffic rules that can be easy to forget when in a hurry. Tailgating causes accidents. At a minimum you should have at least 3 seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

7. Cell Phone Use- Plain and simple, stay off your phone while driving. 

8. Pulling Over For Emergency Vehicles- If an emergency vehicle is headed your way with its lights and siren on, you need to get out of the way. 

9. Cutting Through Parking Lots- It can be tempting to take a shortcut through a parking lot ot avoid a busy intersection, but depending on where you live it, it may be against the law. 

10. Using Turning Signals- Turn signals help communicate your actions to other drivers, but it is not uncommon for drivers, but it is not uncommon for drivers to forgo using them. Failure to signal is illegal, inconsiderate, and extremely dangerous to everyone in your vehicle and to all the road users around you. 

 

 

 

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