My pointless rant for the month

So I’m driving to work this morning, and I realize something. There are a lot of bad drivers out there! Well, no more standing idly by. I’m going to write a blog post and make the world a better place!

A little lesson for all you drivers out there who keep pissing me off by violating the rules of the road. Today’s lesson: how to handle a stop sign.

To start with, you are required to come to a COMPLETE stop BEHIND the stop line. Behind the stop line does not mean in front of the stop line… in case there’s any confusion about that.

Now, there are some right-of-way rules. Yes, I said ruleS. Plural. Amazing but true, there is more than one right-of-way rule.

“But Stu, don’t I just wait for one person to go, then it’s my turn?”

Now see, here’s the problem with that. What if there are more than two peole at the intersection? Ahhh… see, the wheels are turning in your head aren’t they? Mighty smart of our fore bearers to think a situation like this might happen and come up with a set of rules don’t you think? Here are a few of my favorites (not in any particular order really):

Rule #1: Controlled Traffic Yields to Uncontrolled (or more simply, uncontrolled before controlled).
This does not mean that a person who has lost control of their vehicle has the right of way. It means that if you have a stop sign, you are considered controlled traffic. Anybody with no traffic controls is uncontrolled. In other words, if you have a stop sign and another vehicle does not, you must yield to the other vehicle.

Rule #2: First One There.
In essense, when two or more vehicles are under controls (such as a stop sign) at the same intersection, the first one there (as in the first one to reach the stop line and come to a COMPLETE stop) has the right of way.

Rule #3: Straight Before Turning.
Okay, just try to remember this rule only applies if vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time. If not, then Rule #2 applies. Straightforward enough? Let’s move on.

Rule #4: Right Turn Before Left Turn
Persons turning left must yield to persons turning right. Again, this only comes into play if Rule #2 does not apply.

Rule #5: The Vehicle to the Right.
If multiple vehicles arrive at the same intersection at the same time, and none of the above rules apply (ie: nobody is turning) then the vehicle to the most right has the right of way.

“But Stu, what if it’s a 4-way stop and 4 vehicles, all going straight, arrive at the same time?” The answer is very simple. Call me up, tell me where you are, and I’ll come over and smack you around for a bit. By that time the other vehicles will have left and you can take your turn.

Now of course there are many more concerning driveways, alleyways, parking lots, and pedestrians. But I’ll just assume you’re smart enough to not run over people (but ducks are okay, they have no rights) in a crosswalk.

4 thoughts on “My pointless rant for the month

  1. QueenMeadow

    The poor ducks :( hehe.

    You didn’t answer the question though, what if all 4 people arrive at the same time?


  2. ubercyl

    I worked hard to perfect my California roll (even though I’m from NY) so I’ll be keeping that in my stop-sign repertoire. I don’t use it when there are any other cars being controlled at the same time as I am, though. Aren’t I an angel?

  3. StuTheWise

    ubercyl, you are an angel. I too have been known to do a little California roll. I am actually more likely to get upset at a person who does come to a complete stop, looks both ways twice, then finally goes when there is clearly nobody else around for MILES.

    As for being from New York, now THAT’s driving! Or so I’ve been told. Never had the pleasure of experiencing it myself. But from what I hear, driving 5 cars wide on a 3-lane road is not at all unusual. If I ever visit, I’ll just take a cab ;)

  4. ubercyl

    There’s nothing quite like driving a little 5-speed around NYC, stopping every 528 feet for another red light. Not a great place to practice downshifting to a complete stop.

    I got pulled over today for making an illegal left hand turn into a right-hand lane. Just got a warning, though.


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