Do you remember studying for your written driving test? Unless you’re a teen driver, you probably don’t. And (if we’re being honest) you probably retained only a portion of that knowledge after getting your license. Why? Because unless your job is traveling to unknown parts of the world on a regular basis, you more than likely have a daily driving routine. This means that you’re very familiar with the obstacles that you face regularly while being a bit rusty on the traffic rules that you’re not as accustomed to. And if you’re used to your driving routine, then you might have become a wee bit lazy behind the wheel.
Below are some common driving rules that you may have forgotten.
Oh, and before you read any further: some traffic laws vary by state or jurisdiction so it’s a good idea to consult the specific driving rules for the area that you are traveling in.
The Four-Way Stop Sign
This one is easy if you get there before everyone else (the first to stop is the first to go) but what if you and another driver get there at the same time? The driver to the right has the right of way. However, this is an example of how being an alert driver is just as important as knowing the written law. If you’re the driver on the right, but the other driver is determined to go, let them go. Slamming into them while preaching right of way rules isn’t going to keep you safe.
Right Turn on Red
Drivers must come to a full stop before turning right on a red light. They must also yield to pedestrians and other drivers who have the right of way. Also, if there is a sign that states that you cannot turn right on red, you may get a moving violation if you decide that the rule doesn’t apply to you.
Regardless of whether a yield sign is present or not, drivers entering a roundabout must always yield to drivers who are already traveling within the circle. And you always turn to the right. Think of a roundabout as a circular one-way street.
Shared Biking Lanes
When a lane is marked as a shared lane for cyclists, then they are entitled to share the entire lane with motorists. To pass a cyclist, you must move into a new lane, not simply whip past them or force them to one side.