Rules for Right of Way
First Time Vehicle Rule
At all intersections without “stop” or “yield” signs, slow down and prepare to stop.
Yield to vehicles already in the intersection or about to enter it.
Same Time Vehicle Rule
At all intersections without “stop” or “yield” signs (or with stops signs in all directions).
Yield to the vehicle on your right if it has reached the intersection of same time as your vehicle.
Stop at any limit line or crosswalk. Yield to all approaching vehicles on the through street, go only when it is safe for you to cross.
Approaching vehicles should slow down and allow you to get across safely.
Signal left turn and yield to approaching traffic until it is completely safe to finish the turn.
Vehicles around the rotunda have the right-of-way over vehicles which are just about to enter.
When entering a highway from a driveway, yield the right-of-way to traffic on the highway.
Never insist on taking the right-of-way if other drivers are not following the rules,
let them have the right-of-way even if it belongs to you to prevent possible accidents,
however, do not always insist on other going ahead of you, slowing and stopping may delay the flow of traffic.
Give the Right-of-Way to Emergency Vehicles
One should yield the right-of-way to police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles which are sounding a siren or bell or flashing a red light by pulling to the edge of the roadway and stopping.
In the event traffic is so congested as to prevent you from safely doing so, slow down and leave a clear path for the emergency vehicles.
The law places the responsibility on the driver of the passing car, if the driver makes mistakes in passing he is held liable.
Three Important Things to Remember in Passing / Overtaking
- It is illegal to speed up when being passed. Continue at the same speed, or reduce your speed.
- Help other drivers to pass safely. Move to the right side of your lane to give the other driver more room and a better view ahead.
- Show the passing driver the same courtesy that you would expect from other drivers.
When NOT to Pass – Specially on Roads Marked by Signs
- At no-passing zone marked by signs or by solid yellow lanes or double-solid yellow lines which indicate no passing.
- On blind-curves where you would not be able to see oncoming cars, always stay in your own lane on any curve, out of the way of oncoming traffic.
- On going up a hill, passing is not allowed from 700 to 1,000 feet from the top of a hill.
- At intersections or railroad crossing where other vehicles or pedestrians may suddenly appear or unless such intersections is controlled by traffic signal.
- Near a bridge or underpass that may cut-off a road shoulder. You or the car passed might need to use the shoulder road in case emergency arises.
Where Passing / Overtaking is NOT Safe
- When there is a long line of cars ahead.
- When you intend to turn or stop very soon.
- When an incoming car is too close.
- When the car ahead is going at or near the speed limit. Speed limit is still applied when passing.
- When sight distance ahead is limited.
- When the maneuver would have to be completed in a no-passing zone such as hill, curve or intersection.
Passing on the Right is Permitted Only
- When overtaking another vehicle making or about to make a left turn or signaling intent to make a left turn.
- On streets and highways marked for multi-lanes.
- On one-way traffic streets.
To make it around a tight curve, keep the turning of the front wheels in line with the sharpness of the curve.
When turning right, keep your front wheel close to the center line. This prevents he rear wheels from dropping off the pavement.
Curving left keep your front wheels close to the right edge to prevent the rear wheels from drifting into the other lane.
Avoid heavy braking in a curve because this can cause you to skid out of control.
Slow down before you get into the curve. Accelerate after you have passed the midpoint of the turn.