Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 1 decade ago

In a four-way intersection with no traffic lights, who has the right of way?

My boyfriend says that everyone just sort of works together and works it out randomly.

22 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    by good road etiquette the first to arrive, Generally, the driver who stops first continues first.

    If two drivers stop simultaneously at stop signs at a single intersection, the rule is that the car on the right-hand side, or the most counterclockwise, has the right of way.

    Stop signs may be augmented with additional information such as a plate with the legend "4-way stop". This is important because a driver accustomed to negotiating four-way stops may be tempted to ignore "his own" stop sign, relying on what he assumes to be the requirement for vehicles approaching from other directions to stop. The consequences of thus jumping what is, in fact, a two-way stop can, quite obviously, be disastrous. The assumption has therefore to be, if there is only a plain stop sign, that cross traffic will not stop. "4-way stop" plates are provided on the fail-safe principle that if they are missing (through disrepair, vandalism, etc.) the "more dangerous" message is given.

  • 1 decade ago

    Whoever gets to the intersection first is how it's usually worked out. If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way.

    It's important to know that you can't _take_ the right-of-way, you can only _give it away_. In other words, if you are on the right and arrive at the same time as another car, it is still your responsibility to look at the driver to the left to see if they are going to give you the right-of-way. If you are the driver on the left, stop and look at the driver on your right to let them know you are yielding (giving the right of way). If you both proceed into the intersection at the same time, you will both be at fault legally, at least in the State of Georgia. I expect that law is the same in most states.

    Source(s): National Safety Council defensive driving course
  • 1 decade ago

    Follow the stop signs. If it's a four way stop, basically the first to arrive at the intersection and stop has the right of way. If two arrive at the intersection at the same time, the one on the right has the right of way.

    Use common logic and knowledge and always indicate, with your turn signals, what your intentions are.

    Pedestrians always have the right of way.

    Source(s): 30 years of accident free driving.
  • 1 decade ago

    It seems that we generally just go on the first come first serve basis. Or even if one guy wasn't there first, they might make a right turn before it is their turn etc. But I believe the law states thatthe first person has the right of way and then the person to the right of that person, then the right of the following persone and so on. At least that is what it says in the driver education manual for the state of Gerogia. Check your local DMV website and read it in the online version of your booklet.

    I'm assuming you just want to settle a bet or something here.

    Source(s): General Motors Area Service Manager
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  • 1 decade ago

    Usually its whomever came to the stop first, technically the vehicle on the right has the next turn. That doesn't really answer the question when there are 4 vehicles there.though. I always go by the maxim that he or she that hesitates sits there a little longer. I have been known to let a pretty girl go ahead of me though.

  • Chula
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I assume there are stop signs at this intersection. If everyone arrives at the same exact time, generally one person will go and the remaining people go begining at the right of the driver that went last.

    Otherwise, it is done by who got there first.

  • 1 decade ago

    the first to arrive does

    and if two arrive at the same time then the person on to the right goes

    if two facing each other arrive then whoever is not turning gets to go first

    thats pretty much it

    your bf maybe shouldnt be allowed to drive and shoudl go to driver ed. again because he apparently didnt learn anything, maybe you either, and a few million other ppl too, hmm

    good luck

    Source(s): im 28 and never been involved in an accident and i have owned and driven hundreds of vehicles, literally, been driving for 12 years
  • 1 decade ago

    The first vehicle to arrive has the right of way.

    If two vehicles arrive at approximately the same time the vehicle on the right has the right of way.

    If one vehicle is turning across oncoming traffic, it must yield to traffic going straight.

    Tell your boyfriend he needs to take Driver's Ed again.

  • hoeg
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    in georgia the busy left turn green mild is green for 2.5 seconds, then the yellow is 3, and it maintains to be pink for a million minute so the 1st motor vehicle gets to bypass on green, however the 2nd motor vehicle would be on yellow, and the 0.33 gets a cost tag i dont think of people who made the site visitors lighting fixtures care approximately efficency

  • 1 decade ago

    If everyone arrives at the same time, it's usually the person to the right.But most people have no clue at a stop sign so it's usually whoever decides to dart out first.

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