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What You Need to Know About Intersections

There are so many different types of intersections, it can be hard to remember the rules for using them!

Here’s a list of tips for each type.

  • Two-Way Intersection: Check both ways when arriving at the intersection. Pedestrians, emergency vehicles or impaired drivers may be traveling the wrong way.
  • T-Intersection: The major road, or the top of the “T” of the intersection, has right-of-way generally, but it is important to watch for any vehicles as you enter traffic.
  • Y-Intersection: When three roads meet, you may have a lot of traffic crossing lanes and merging. Slow down, scan and give right-of-way to those who are not crossing lanes of traffic.
  • Four-Way Intersection without signals (or when signals aren’t working): The first driver who arrives gets to go first. If you “tie” with someone, it is safest to yield to the driver on your right. Be careful—not everyone follows these guidelines.
  • Roundabouts: Roundabouts occur when multiple streets meet and, instead of crossing, form a circular lane of traffic. You should slow down, watch for new cars entering the flow of traffic and know where you are going before entering the roundabout. Those already in the roundabout have the right-of-way. Do not stop or pass other vehicles. Use signals when entering or exiting. And if you miss your turn, go around the circle and try again.
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