Safety Tip #6 – Right_of_Way

Do you know the right-of-way? Whether traveling by car, bike or foot, it is critical to your safety to know these basic rules. In fact, one of the most frequent causes of accidents is lack of understanding of the right-of-way laws. Here are some basics:

  1. Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing a street at an intersection, but must yield if an approaching vehicle poses an immediate hazard.
  2. When entering an intersection the first vehicle or bike to arrive has the right-of-way. If both enter the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way, hence the term “right-of-way.” You can review the specific vehicle code here
  3. Parents should instruct children who walk or bike about right-of-way laws. For children and adults who have not received driver training, it is recommended that they walk their bike when crossing a street or making a left turn.
  4. Regardless of right-of-way, bicyclists and walkers should establish eye contact whenever possible to increase the possibility that they’re seen by the driver.
  5. Remember, safe is better than right. It’s important to know the rules, but never insist on the right-of-way. Use common sense in yielding to cars, bicyclists and pedestrians when necessary.

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