Learn to Drive, Determine the Right-of-Way, & Give Way to Road Users

Learn to Drive, Determine the Right-of-Way, & Give Way to Road Users

[DETERMINE THE RIGHT-OF-WAY & MUSIC] Hi there smart drivers. Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about right-of-way at different intersections for the
purposes of a road test. Now just before we get started here, be sure to hit that
subscribe button… right about there. That way you’ll get access to all of the great
information as I get it available to you for those of you working towards you
license or starting your career as a truck or bus driver. Now this video is
going to give you an overview of right-of-way at different configured
intersections. Mostly in residential areas. We’re not going to do complex
intersections on major highways and thoroughfares for the purposes of this
video. I’ll do another video on complex intersections and right-of-way.
Everything that I talk about–stop signs, yields, and right of way from alleyways onto public highways– all of the links are down in the
description. So have a look down there if you want more detail on a particular
section. As I said, this is just an overview of different kinds of
intersections that you’re going to encounter for the purposes of your road
test. As well, keep in mind what I always say to students, “you can be
right, or you can be dead right.” Just because you have the right-of-way
legally, you need to think about it defensively. If you go, are you going to risk a crash
with another road user, and are you doing something defensive, and are you keeping
the examiner safe, are you keeping other people and other road users safe? So
sometimes you have to yield even though you have the right-of-way. So keep that
in mind when you’re driving. And the other thing I’ll say for the purposes of
your road test. If you’re the least bit in doubt on your road test,
STOP, simply STOP and wait for the other road users to move or carry on with their day
and then proceed. If you’re the least bit in doubt, do not plow forward because
oftentimes that results in an automatic fail on a road test. Now one other thing
that I’ll mention to you is make sure that you practice in and around the
licensing center where you’re going to be taking your test. And think a little
bit about urban planning. Because here in Vernon we have two main north-south
routes: 27th Ave. and Highway 97. Those run
north-south through the city and those are the major highways. And you have to
cross those if you’re going east-west. As well, Vernon is in the Okanagan Valley. So if you see a mountain on your right and
your left, you know you’re heading north or south because they’re on the east and
west of the city. And different cities in the world–some cities grew up with the
motor-car. Los Angeles, for example, grew up the motor car. So it’s streets are
designed for motor cars. If you get to London, England or you get to Mumbai in
India, these old cities are not designed for cars. Sydney, Australia – if you get
down on “The Rocks” underneath the Harbour Bridge there, its following the coastline –
it’s not on a grid. So know a little bit about the geography and how the city
follows that geography and how the roads are planned, which roads are your main
thoroughfares, which roads are going to stop every block because there’s a STOP
sign as the minor streets intersect with the major streets. Because that’s going
to determine your right-of-way as well. So think a little bit about how the city
is laid out. And I did watch one of the road tests in California there and it
was a fairly easy road test – big wide streets, not many controls because the
the urban planning was obviously done around the motor car. You get into some of these older cities, it’s not going to be the same. It’s going
to be a little tougher for those of you taking a road test, and about
right-of-way. So what we’re going to do today is we’re going to go to different
intersections, we’re going to give you an overview of right-of-way and give you a
little bit more information. And as I said, the full details for each one of
these intersections and right-of-way is down in the description box. So look down
there. Stick around, we’ll be right back with that information. [INTRO & MUSIC] Hi there smart drivers. Rick with Smart
Drive Test talking to you today about right-of-way. This video is giving you an
overview of right-of-way in residential areas. Now just before we start here, this
was a request by ZijZ. That’s his user name and his
YouTube channel, so be sure to check that out. And he requested that I give an overview of
right-of-way. And this is residential areas; it’s not complex intersections. It is
just residential areas – so controlled and uncontrolled intersections. And for the
most part you’re not going to find uncontrolled intersections. In
residential areas, if you’re turning off a major thoroughfare onto a minor
roadway, then yes it’s going to be uncontrolled. But you still have to give
the right-of-way to other road users that you might conflict with. So for
example, if there’s pedestrians or bicycles and you’re making a right-hand turn and they’re coming up, you’re going to have to shoulder check and ensure that
they’re not crossing the roadway because if they are, you have to give the
right-of-way to them. Most of this is at controlled intersection – so stop sign,
yield sign, dead-end streets and streets that with “Do Not Enter.” So you either have to turn right or left at the intersection. Also we’re going to talk about alleyways
and we’re going to talk about what to do if you’re at a stop sign facing another
stop sign or are facing a private road and how you deal with that and give
right-of-way to other road users for the purposes of the road test. If you come
down a road like this, the right-of-way, you have to give right away to other
road users – any road users that are on a bicycle or pedestrians that are here.
Because obviously this sign up here behind me means a dead end. And you’re going to have to do a U-turn and go back the other way. Because this is a sign that indicates that the
road is the dead-end. Now this is a quiet residential area and there
aren’t too many people in the area. There is a footpath that comes up over the hill
here, but as I said it’s unlikely there’s going to be anybody else around. But do
your proper scanning patterns. You may have to do a three-point turn to get
around on this road. You would have to do a three-point turn in some instances on
a cul-de-sac and those types of things. On a cul-de-sac, they’re not going to have this sign but on a cul-de-sac you’re going to have to do a U-turn. So simply give the
right-of-way to other road users, pedestrians anybody pulling out of
driveways and on scooters and bicycles and those types
of things. This sign here behind me indicates that you either have to turn
right or left at the intersection. There’s also a yield sign at this
intersection, so you have to give the right-of-way. You have to yield to all
other road users in the intersection: vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and people
on scooters. So before you can proceed through the intersection you have to
give the right-of-way to all other road users. You may have to stop, you may not.
So as you’re proceeding towards the intersection and see the signs which are at
this intersection, you can see in the image here there’s a yield sign, there’s
a “Do Not Enter” sign and there’s a sign indicating that the road comes to an end.
And you either have to turn left or right at the intersection to proceed. So
as you’re coming up, be prepared to stop. You don’t necessarily have to stop, but
go slowly, proceed around the intersection–whether you’re going left
or right–and give the right-of-way to all other road users in the intersection.
Behind me here is an alleyway. There aren’t any traffic controls at the
alleyway, so you have to give the right-of-way to other road users: cars,
people on scooters and bicycles, and children – those types of things. Because
we are in a residential area, so you don’t have to stop, but you do have to
slow down to a point where you can scan the intersection thoroughly and ensure
that there aren’t any other road users that you have to yield to or give the
right-of-way to. And but for the purposes of a road test it’s unlikely that an
examiner is going to take you down an alleyway. And just as a side note, on
these alleyways, most of the driving manuals say that you need to
proceed at a speed not faster than 20 kilometers an hour or 12 miles an hour
in these alleyways. Probably in most of the United States, it’s going to be 10 miles per hour. If you are thinking that there is a possibility you could be in an alleyway
for the purposes of your road test, just make sure you look that up in your
manual before going down for your road test. This intersection behind me is an
uncontrolled intersection. There aren’t any signs behind me to control how you act
at the intersection. So whether you’re going left, you’re going to go straight
through–because there’s a bit of a jog here at this intersection–you simply
need to give the right-of-way to other road users. And you may have to cover the
brake because you can see there’s construction work being done behind me
here. And yes, we are in the summertime and if you’re taking a road test now
you’re probably going to encounter road construction. And you need to go slowly
around these temporary work areas where construction workers are working
and give the right-of-way to them. So proceed slowly – you may have to cover the
brake and I’ll put a video up in the corner over here on this side for you on
covering the brake and being prepared to stop in the event that one of these
construction workers accidentally steps out in front of you or there’s another
road user. Because this is a residential area and there could be cyclists and
children and pedestrians and people with mobility challenges on scooters and
those types of things. So you need to be prepared to give the right-of-way or
yield to other road users, even though it is an uncontrolled intersection.
Construction zones. Now that we’re in the summertime and if you’re taking a road test in the summertime you’re going to have construction zones. And you have to obey
the signs–the temporary work signs around construction zones. And you can
see the flagger here in the background – you have to obey the directions of the
flaggers and other traffic control people. If you are in an emergency
situation and you have a police officer directing traffic at an intersection, do
not obey the traffic lights, rather obey the instructions of the traffic control
person – whether that’s a flagger or whether that’s the police officer or
what not. Now construction zones… I was just talking to the two flaggers here
behind me and unfortunately we had a flagger that was hit in a construction
zone in Burnaby yesterday and she’s alright, fortunately. But know that when
you’re in construction zones you’ve got to take a deep breath, know that it’s
construction season and take your time, and give the right-of-way to other road
users. If somebody gets aggravated or start to exhibit signs of road rage, just
you know, let them go and have their crash somewhere else. As I said, let’s
just take a breath, take your tim,e give the right-of-way to other road users, and
help other vehicles and traffic move through the construction zone and you’ll
get through the construction zone. And as well, the flaggers and directional people
that are there to help you out and facilitate the flow of traffic
through these construction areas. Because what they’re doing is they’re making our
roads better so they’re nicer to drive on. And if you do not obey the directions
of the flagger during your road test or do not obey the signs, unfortunately, most
of the time that’s going to be an automatic fail. So make sure you take
your time, give the right-of-way, and yield to other traffic and road users in
around the construction zones. Especially keep an eye out for construction workers
and make sure that you obey the directions of the flaggers. And you know,
give them a little wave, because it doesn’t take any time out of your day to
be nice. I’ll quickly talk about roundabouts here. These are beginning to make an
appearance on the driving landscape in North America. And I’m sure those in the
UK, Europe, Australia and other places that have prolific roundabouts… they’re
having a bit of a chuckle at our expense of new and veteran drivers having
challenges learning how to use roundabouts. When I moved to Australia in
the early-2000s–and they have tons and tons of roundabouts–there was a bit of a
learning transition. You have to scan the roundabouts back far, and you have to
predict what the traffic in the roundabout is doing, and you have to be
prepared to both go and stop at the same time. Because as you can see on the sign
here, it is a yield sign or give way to other traffic in the roundabout. Now if
you’re driving on the right, you go through the
roundabouts in a counterclockwise direction and you give the right-of-way
to vehicles approaching from the left. If you’re on the left side of the road,
you’re going to go through the roundabouts in a clockwise direction and
you give way to traffic on that’s approaching from the right. The other
thing a lot of people are confused about is signalling in a roundabout. Think of it
like a conventional intersection. If you’re going left; signal left; if you’re
going to go right, signal right as you’re approaching the roundabout. Now lots of
the legislation in and around the world says “if practicable”–which means “IF” you
can signal your intention to leave the roundabout. So for those of us are
travelling on the right, if you’re going straight through, put the right signal on
to indicate that you’re leaving the roundabout. And if you’re on the left, put
your left signal on to indicate that you’re going to exit the roundabout. That
just indicates to other traffic that you are in fact leaving the roundabout. So
that’s a bit of giving right-of-way and yielding to other traffic in a
roundabout. And like I said, I’ll put a card up here for you in the
corner on roundabouts. Have a look at that if you want more information about
roundabouts. This intersection behind me is a T-intersection. But other than the
stop sign there aren’t any traffic controls at this intersection. There
isn’t a sign telling you that it’s a T-intersection. So this is why it’s important to go and practice in the area in and around the
licensing center where you will be taking your road tests so that you can
get familiar with these intersections and know that it’s just a stop sign. As
well, there aren’t any stop lines here on this roadway or
crosswalk lines and there isn’t a sidewalk or a footpath. So you have to
stop where the two roads meet and then give the right-of-way to other traffic
and other road users and then proceed after you come to a complete stop. And
I’ll put a video up in the corner here on stopping positions for stop signs. As
well, I’ll put a video up for coming to a complete stop and how to do that for the
purposes of your road test. So have a look at those videos as well, after you
have a look at this overview on giving the right-of-way and yielding to other
traffic. So that’s how you deal with this intersection that has a stop sign but no
crosswalk line or stop line. You stop where the two roads meet, come to a
complete stop, give the right-of-way to all other road users. After you come to a
complete stop and then proceed. And make sure you signal because you’re going to
have to go either right or left. And the examiner, they’re good about giving you
plenty of notice about whether you have to turn right or left. This intersection
behind me here is a little bit more complicated than most of the
intersections because there’s a stop sign on this side of the intersection. On
the other side of the intersection is a private road. The private road doesn’t
have any controls. As wel,l the east-west thoroughfare is the through road that is
one of the main through roads through this suburb. So as you come up here you
have to come to a complete stop before the stop line on the roadway. And you
have to yield and give the right-of-way to all other road users. And if there’s a
vehicle across the way there and they’re turning left or right–it’s unlikely
they’re going to go straight through–but you have to give the right-of-way to
them. They have the right-of-way over you because there aren’t any controls at
that intersection over there. So you have to wait for the intersection to clear
completely before you either turn left or right, because it’s unlikely that
you’re going to go straight through. You’re either going to turn left or
right here. You’re not going to go on to that private roadway for the purposes of
a road test. So know that – stop completely before the stop line, give the
right-of-way to all of the road users in the intersection. And the through road is
busy, so you’re going to have to take your time.
Come to a complete stop at the stop line and you probably won’t be able to see at
the intersection, so after you come to a complete stop, creep forward until you
can see, give the right-of-way to all other road users. There isn’t a footpath
or a sidewalk on this side of the road; there is on the other side there. So most of
the pedestrians are going to be on the other side of the road, but just keep a
lookout for that and scan well before you proceed out in the intersection, and give the right-of-way to all other road users, and give the right-of-way to the traffic on
the other side of the road because that’s a public roadway and there aren’t
any controls on that road. So give the right-of-way to all other road users–
scooters, bicycles, riders, vehicles. And then proceed once the way is clear and
you’ve given the right-of-way to all other road users. This intersection
behind me is a conventional intersection. The east-west road which runs this way is the main thoroughfare. And there aren’t any traffic controls on that
roadway. But the two roadways that intersect with it both have STOP signs.
And this intersection here on this side where I’m standing, you can see that
there’s a crosswalk line and there’s a stop line. So you have to stop before the
STOP line and if you can’t see the intersection clearly after you come to a
complete stop before the stop line, then creep forward until you can see, give the
right-of-way to all of the road users – pedestrians, bicycles, and riders, and
people on scooters. Because there is a bicycle lane that runs along the main
thoroughfare there, so watch out for cyclists as well. And as well, this is on
a bit of a downhill so there are cyclists that are going to be screaming
down the hill – probably at 40 or 50 kilometres an hour or 20 or 30 miles an
hour if you’re in the United States. So know that you need to give the
right-of-way to all of the road users. And if there’s a vehicle on the other
side of the intersection that’s turning in the same direction that you’re
turning–it depends on who arrives first– so if you’re proceeding straight you’ve
got the right-of-way if the other vehicle is turning and you’re proceeding
straight. You have the right-of-way if you’re turning and the other vehicle is
proceeding straight, then they have–that vehicle–has the right-of-way. So know
that in terms of right-of-way and yielding to other traffic. But for the most part,
when you come up to these intersections at the STOP sign, stop at the correct
position completely, and then if you can’t see the intersection or get a
clear view of the cross traffic, then you’re going to creep forward, treat it as a yield, give the right-of-way to all of the road
users, and then proceed. And in North American cities, this is going to be the
most common at these conventional crossroad intersections that you’re
going to have a STOP sign, and you’re going to have a main thoroughfare as I talked about in the introduction with urban planning and the layout of
different cities. And again, it’s important that you practice in and
around the area where you’re going to be taking your test. Just simply go to the
map, and pick 10 to 15 minutes of drive time out on a radius from that driving
center. And that way you can practice in and around that area over the course of
practicing and preparing for your road test. The intersection behind me is a
four-way STOP. Four-way stops can be a bit complicated for new drivers. The first
person to arrive or the vehicle on your right if you arrive and another vehicle
arrives approximate at the same time is to let the vehicle on your right go. And
know that you’re going to take turns. So your line of traffic is going to go and
then the cross traffic is going to go. Now if two vehicles arrive at the same
time, the vehicle across from you and you, the straight through vehicles have the
right-of-way over the turning vehicles. But once that vehicle proceeds straight, and if you’re going to turn, it’s your turn immediately after that straight-thru vehicle.
And I’ll leave a down in the description box… I’ll leave a link to the full
video on 4-way stops that will give more information about 4-way stops and the
right-of-way and whose turn it is at the 4-way stop. Because as
I said, to the uninitiated they can be a bit complicated. And if you’re not sure,
just go out to one of the local 4-way stops, sit at the corner for a few
minutes and watch how the traffic moves through the intersection.
That’ll give you a better understanding of how to move through a 4-way stop.
Because as well, when they’re busy, if you go, the traffic oftentimes–the cross traffic–
is going to go if both of you are proceeding straight through. So as well
again, know that you have to come to a complete stop before the stop line, give
way to other road users: bicycles, pedestrians and people on
scooters and those types of things. So it’s a conventional
stop sign. All the rules apply: stop at the right position, and first person to
arrive. Take your turn or if you’re unsure let the vehicle on the right go.
Yield signs – you have to give the right-of-way to other pedestrians, road
users, cyclists, and those types of things. This one is near a high school. The high
school is just over here to my right. So in the morning when school lets in and
the afternoon when school lets out this intersection is going to be fairly busy with pedestrians here at the crosswalk. And you can see the crosswalk on the roadway
there. So you’re going to have to give the right-of-way to pedestrians, cyclists
and people on scooters when you’re driving on these slip lanes. Otherwise, if
the intersection is clear you can proceed. This is the most common place
you’re going to find yield signs. I know that in the States they have them on
some of the on-ramps to freeways and acceleration lanes. That’s more to assign
responsibilities in the event that there’s an accident, for insurance
companies and those types of things. Most of the time you just get on to the
acceleration lane and accelerate up to the speed of the flow of traffic and
merge onto the highway. I know that quite a few people have said that other people
don’t help. Well, if you signal early and communicate your intentions that you’re
going to merge out onto the freeway other people will help you. so you will
find some yield times there as well. And the full videos on Yield – I’ll leave
those links down in the description box there and you can get more information
on Yield signs. But just know that you need to give way to other road users.
You don’t necessarily need to stop. You can just slow down until they attain
the sidewalk or the concrete island and once the roadway’s clear then you can
proceed. You don’t have to come to a complete stop for the purposes of a
Yield sign. Quick review of right-of-way. The first one is going to be a STOP sign
at a T-intersection and you have to stop at the correct stopping position – before
the stop line, before the crosswalk, or where the two roads meet. And give way to
the other road users on the roadway. Stop at the correct position. Of you can’t see the cross traffic, then creep forward and treat the intersection as a Yield. If you’re coming
out of an alleyway or a private road onto a public road you give
way to all of the other road users and when the way is clear then you can
proceed – you have to yield. Now Yield signs are not very common anymore. Most
of the time they’re on slip lanes or they’re going to be on
freeways. In some of the states in the United States– I know in California and in the state of
New York–they have Yield signs on acceleration lanes where you merge out
on to the freeway. And for the most part, I believe that it’s about assigning
responsibility in the event that there is a crash for the purposes of insurance.
You don’t really pay heed to the Yield sign. Simply get up to the speed of the
flow of traffic and then merge on to the freeway. And I have other videos and I’ll
put those down in the description there. It’s unlikely you’re going to find a
yield sign at a conventional intersection. Now if you come up to an
intersection and you’re at a main thoroughfare and there’s a STOP sign on
your side and one on the other side of the road, straight through traffic has
the right-of-way over turning traffic. So you have to give way. One of the
intersections we saw in the video there – there was a T-intersection, but on the
other side was a private road. You have to give way to the private road and to
all of the road users. Stop at the correct position and proceed when the
way is clear after you come to a complete stop. And again, you might have
to creep out so you can see the intersection before proceeding. 4-way
stops – the first person to arrive or the vehicle on the right. If you’re unsure,
let the vehicle on the right go. Now first person to arrive… the different
cross traffic is going to take turns – one side is going to go and then the other
side is going to go. Now if you come up to the intersection and the vehicle
across from you is turning and you’re proceeding straight. The straight through
traffic has the right-of-way over the turning traffic. And that is the way at
most intersections – straight through traffic that’s the right-of-way
over turning traffic. Now obviously at most of these intersections you have to
give the right-of-way to pedestrians, cyclists, and people on scooters. Those
are vulnerable road users and you have to give the right-of-way to them. And as
I said, also take note of some of the urban planning – which streets are your
thoroughfares, which you don’t have to stop every block. And some of the
residential areas you’re going to have to stop every block – every couple of
blocks. Because there’s going to be a STOP sign and you’re going to have to
proceed across a main thoroughfare. And some of the main thoroughfares are going
to be busier than other places. If you do get out onto a main highway, oftentimes
you’re into traffic lights and those types of things. And as I said today, this
was just covering right-of-way and giving way in residential areas. It wasn’t
for traffic lights and out on highways and those types of things. I’ll do
another video on complex intersections and provide an overview of right-of-way.
Question for my smart drivers: what is the most complicated residential
intersection that you’ve encountered that you has given you some difficulty
and you haven’t understood exactly right-of-way or what was the correct
procedure for proceeding through that intersection? Leave a comment down in the comment section there. All of that helps out the new drivers working towards
getting their license and passing a road test. If you like what you see here share,
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your license or starting your career as a truck or bus driver. Lots of great
information here. As well, head over to the Smart Drive Test website. Awesome
information over there and online courses that you can purchase. All the
courses are guaranteed – pass your road test first time with a 30 day money-back
guarantee. As well, the end of this month here, in the summertime we’re going to
bring out “Air brakes explained simply.” It’s a manual that updates the 40-year-old
air brakes. As well, there’s 100 multiple-choice questions that you will be
asked on both a theory and practical exam. I’m Rick with Smart Drive Test. Thanks very much for watching. Good luck on your road test. And remember, pick
the best answer not necessarily the right answer. Have a great day. Bye now. [RICK SQUINTING AND GROANING IN THE BRIGHT SUNLIGHT.] [OUTRO & MUSIC]

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  1. Halifax was designed in 1749 and hasn't changed much.. can be interesting in a car and more so in a 45 foot motorcoach. A lot of uphill and downhill one way streets and sharp left or rights with parking to the corners corners. Can be nerve racking! Left turns with a car up to the line to your left can be fun with a building on the corner diagonally across from you.

  2. We have an intersection from a downhill blvd to a main road into the city and at an angle where you must look almost over your left shoulder and beyond to see traffic.. There is a crosswalk that has a STOP sign prior to the crosswalk o the left and then another immediately after on the right at the edge of the main thoroughfare. So if I flow through the second sign when all is clear am I illegal?

  3. I have a question. Today on my way to work I was driving on a road with part uncontrolled and controlled intersections. I was driving by a green light so I knew I had the right of way. While passing a green light, I noticed there was a car on my right trying to go across the uncontrolled intersection on its side,but it look like it went forward too much to the point where its bumper would have hit me when passing the green light. I honked for him or her to move back a bit, and there were too many cars on my Left passing through to let me get by so I stopped and waited for them to move back for me to resume. I heard a car in the back honk .What could I have done differently in this situation? Did I overreact?

  4. Wow! The amount of people that just blew through that 4-way stop sign you were standing in front of at the end of the video…too many!

  5. Rick!! i passed my road test on my first try, thank you so much for your videos & sharing your knowledge/tips with us. again thank you so much!!!

  6. Mr Rick I went to driving school! but I need more practice! but I don't have no one to help me with the practice! so u think I should go back to driving school so I can get my license

  7. Hi, Rick! Thanks for the video – it's very useful. But one thing is not clear to me – who has the right of way on an intersection without any stop/yield signs from either side. I know that in most of the Europe (as well in AU and NZ) the general rule for such intersections is that the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right. Is there any similar rule in US/Canada?
    Who should give way when two vehicles meet on a parking lot or any other road crossings without any control devices like signs/lights?

    Thanks in advance.

  8. Hi there! I took my road-test last week Monday and failed it. I watched your videos from Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday of that same week, I took the road-test again and finally passed. Your tutorials really helped a lot. Thank you so so much!

  9. I hope you can help me. You keep pointing out that one should stop if uncertain or in doubt on cross-section but this advice actually didn't let me pass the test. The examiner penalized for 50 points (10 each time) only for my uncertainty on the right of the way. From his words: "If you see the right of the way, take it! Do not hesitate or think…" Now I am thinking to try it again but I am afraid to fail. And there is a truth in your words, no doubt about it. What should I do?

  10. Hi please i need to verify, On two opposing stop signs, a vehicle that would turn left comes and stops first but couldnt make a turn coz the main road is busy. Then another vehicle on the other side of the road that has stop sign too, a vehicle that wants to go straight comes. Now there is a break in the traffic. Who goes first? the left turner or the straight one? thanks

  11. Hi, Rick! Thank you for the great videos. If a driver #1 was at an intersection waiting for an opportunity to turn left. At the same time, another driver #2 was coming from the far right and was also trying to turn left to take the road next to driver #1 (both intersected roads are two directions). Which driver has the right to do the left turn first? I once saw this situation and both drivers tried to take advantage the same opportunity and they almost collide, but because driver 1 stopped (even though he was @ the stop sign first) accident was avoided. What should I do if I were in a similar situation? Thank you!

  12. I'm not interested in taking driving licence But I'm doing my PHD in in traffic engineering. I like your presentation of explaining the traffic. Good luck 😊😊

  13. I'm from Jamaica West Indies and we drive on the left how much different it is from us apart from driving on the right is the road traffic laws

  14. Is the transition going to be difficult .meaning that I'm used to drive a particular way should the changes posses a problem and are the traffic signal universal

  15. Rick, do you have a video out that is about how to drive near a Sander/Salt Truck? Can we pass it? Are there rules for driving around them? Hope that this isn't a foolish question. Thank you. I live in the states.

  16. I feel like even if I do or don’t pass my test I’m still gonna be watching these videos just for the knowledge.🤷🏽‍♀️

  17. I take my first road test tomorrow and I've been binge watching all your videos that will help me for the big day. I will remember to breathe even though it's a bit nerve wracking. What things are frowned upon/will be automatic fails? Trying to avoid those at all costs. I'm a decent and cautious driver but I do have problems hugging the right side of the road/lane and pulling out into incoming traffic (even if there's a gap). Those are the two things I need to work on.

  18. Okay new drivers, and drivers with experience, Yes in that video i will agree the amount of drivers blew the stop sign with-out complete stop need ticket, the cost of rolling stop sign is expensive, and possibly the court may give you 2-3 points on that. And in that video i'm shocked he never mentioned sharing the Road with Funeral procession. Common The laws do say you have to Stop or pull over bit and let it pass, and Honor the last respects of the person in the Hearse and show your respects to them even you don't know them. And School buses also you have to stop for them 20 ft away for safety, If you get caught blowing those flashing school bus RED LIGHTS that's tough ticket you will pay, along with Hefty Fine and Sweet 3- points or more if the judge warrants that. Drive safe this summer ladies and gent's.

  19. What do you do when you're behind a big truck at an intersection, and you cannot see the traffic lights? A small car behind a truck is at a real disadvantage because you can't see the light and a lot of the traffic is also blocked from sight. I've seen people just trustingly follow the truck into the intersection without so much as a pause to look around first. Somehow that seems wrong to me.

  20. I just got my license today, and your videos help a bunch with understanding things that i really wasn't taught during drive time. Thanks!

  21. Hi Rick, I really like your informative videos, but one thing i cannot find an answer for, for illuminated pedestrian crossovers, here is the scenario, you approach an activated illuminated crossover where the lights are flashing on top of the crossover sign but no pedestrians are crossing or going to cross, do you need to make a complete stop before we proceed, then if the road is clear proceed? or shall we stop and wait until the flashing lights are OFF then proceed? or shall we proceed with caution? which answer is correct?

  22. General rule of decency: Don't mention a Ph.D that has nothing to do with what you're discussing, unless you got a PhD in driving instruction, lol. 😂😂

  23. Hi Rick,
    So you mentioned, when in doubt simply stop and wait for others to move.
    What if I arrive at an intersection in which the other person clearly has the right of way and I don't, but waves and insists that I go first. Should I go? Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but I'm worried I'll lose points for this during a road test.


  24. For all new drivers.
    In most parts of Canada and the USA you can turn right on a red light.
    If this is the case treat it as a stop intersection don’t just turn.
    Come up to the line STOP and observe before proceeding, as if you just turn right immediately another vehicle might be speeding through.
    Do the turn safely and don’t forget your mirrors and lifesaver shoulder check before turning in case a cyclist is turning with you.
    Be safe and have fun

  25. I get confused with T-intersections. I also get nervous when there is trash truck or bicyclist in the road and when to slow down and who passes first. I know the person behind the thing in the road has to wait but I always get nervous and make quick decisions that aren't always the best ones. Great video.

  26. Yes it makes sense! This is interesting because when i wanna make a left just like this one car does I have the right of way. I didnt know why when my friend told me but basically the other car was at a stop sign i had no controlled sign.

  27. You talk too much than action. Pls try to show with practical example rather than talking. Driving is not a matter of too much talking. Why you show PHD with your name? Did you have PHD for driving?

  28. My dad used to teach driving for the AMA (CAA within Alberta.) At an uncontrolled T intersection when vehicles are approaching at the same time, what are the right-of-way rules? He says it's simple, you must yield to the person approaching from your right, but I've seen a YouTube video from the DMV of California says that "through traffic has the right-of-way". https://youtu.be/QuO8QcsazPQ Does this law differ from place to place? What's the law in BC and Alberta?

  29. I failed my class 5 road test today at Maple Ridge on a left turn on two way stop. I was at the STOP sign waiting for the through traffic to clear and there were two cars opposite to me at the stop sign. Both of those cars were were turning right. As through traffic cleared one car from the opposite side made the right turn. As i was scanning the road for any through traffic before i turn left behind the first car, my examiner told me "go go, it's your right of way". I then turned left. She marked that mistake as a " Danger action- not sure of right of way/impeding traffic". There was no car behind me.
    I'm still confused for right of way in this situation. Should i wait for all the cars on opposite side waiting to turn right before i turn left or should i go after the first car turns right.

  30. I am from a country with different steering and road side but I am permitted to drive in Canada. I have been watching all of your videos and truly these are life saver for me.

  31. Are uncontrolled intersections only present in residential areas where speed limit < 30 mph? Do we have uncontrolled intersections for speed limits > 40-50 mph?

  32. So funny how in the beginning of this video, non of those cars came to a complete stop at the 4 way stop lol. Rolling stops at any stop sign/traffic light is a big no no.

  33. SIR I HAVE SOME QUESTION ABOUT Priority to the right at intersection ^^ IN KOREA TRAFFIC HISTORY IS SHORT.
    I HOPE I CAN FIND REASON OF reason of Priority to the right at intersection AND ORIGIN(?) OF Priority to the right at intersection.

  34. Hi Rick, I have watched almost all your informative videos and finally passed my Road test here today in Langley, BC.
    All Thanks to you and your channel.

  35. Hi Rick, I'm taking a road test in Texas later today (so this is a very last minute question)…. the most confusing All Stop intersection for me is when all four directions have multiple lanes (2 lanes or more). let say the car on my right driving in the same direction as me reach the stop line before me. As I approach the same stop line a car from the opposite direction reaches his/her stop line after the car on my right but before me. In that moment, all three vehicles would stop at the stop lines. It's clear that the car on my right has the right of way since he/she reached the stop line first. Question is, can I proceed at the same time with the car on my right (since no cars from other directions can proceed) or should I wait my turn?

  36. Took my road test yesterday and luckily I passed..😀
    Thanks for all the helpful videos, more power to you Rick👍

  37. I heard of complex intersections such as grid plus circle, y plus grid, small and large, and large ends. Who has the right of way at these intersections? Here is a reference: https://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/intersections/complex-intersections/

  38. I thought you always signal right when when you leave the roundabout, which means left turners turn off their left blinker upon reaching the 12 o'clock position of the circle and turn on their right blinker to show that they're leaving the roundabout.

    So many motorists blowing through those stop signs in the last clip there. And they all think they're doing a rolling stop.

  39. Thank you for your videos, I just got my drive license in Alberta with your help! God bless you!

  40. Learning the right of way is the hardest thing I need to learn before I take my behind the wheel test

  41. My first comment but I wanted to say thank you for the clarity of your videos (I have trawled through plenty before I found yours!). I'm an experienced driver in the UK but a novice in the US. It's been extremely helpful to have the both explanations and real situations. I particularly like the emphasis on being more than test ready, cars are lethal weapons and drivers should aim to be the safest driver they can be for life not just their test. So thank you in helping me prepare for driving here 🙂

  42. I passed my road test yesterday but I’m still watching these videos great driving skills taught here regardless if you have a license or not

  43. Hey Rick, I have my own channel on here, and I posted one of me backing out of the driveway. Reversing is what I have the most trouble with in driving, and I was wondering if you could look at it and give me any advice. My channel is NotofthisWorld_1994. Thanks!

  44. Right of way situation:
    If both lanes are green and you're turning left but another incoming vehicle is turning right in the opposed lane , who has the right of way?.

  45. i got it my full licence in NZ
    boss, ty svm for the encourges, tbh i was sad because i had to grow up and drive wise but now it's better now i have to live upto it

  46. Hey Professor August. Before you moved to Canada did you use to teach at ASA College or Long Island University

  47. Thank you for all the information in your videos! Just got home after taking my road test. I Passed!! Manitoba

  48. Smart Drive Test
    Good morning, thank you very much for all your videos. I took my road test and finally I passed thank God and thank you very much again for your time, for all your positive enthusiasm that you do on your videos. God Bless you forever .

  49. 🌸ATTENTION LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (with long hair) I went to take my first drivers test and I failed!! I did the everything right but due to my hair being in my face she couldn’t tell I was looking over my shoulders!!! Sooooo my second test I did pass!! BUT I wore my hair in a ponytail and overly did my head movements! & I took extra time looking in my mirrors at the stop sign! Good luck everyone! 🌸

  50. Hello sir, you may not remember me. My name is johndoe and I was in the live chat on your YouTube live stream this last Sunday on 7/21/2019. My question was about extending my DL from every 2 years to every 3 years because of the retinopathy because of diabetes. Even though its stabilized, I wasn't able to convince my examiner to extend it to 3 or 5 years. the DMV wasn't willing to take the risk, even though my driving record is spotless. Oh, excuse me, I live in San Diego, California and I go to the El Cajon DMV Field Office. But, I passed my behind The Wheel Test on Tuesday, July 23, 219 with only 3 points lost out of 20 allowed. Its all because you showed us how to drive properly. So, I say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I performed the best backup maneuver ever and its based on your parallel parking video where you chose refernce points around your car to position yourself ! You're a great ma sir and I know in my case I'll need to keep coming back to your video as long as I keep driving !

  51. Thanks smart drive. I saw almost all of your videos and it really helped a lot. I just passed my road test today.

  52. I thought I would just say thank you so much.
    I took my test this morning and actually passed FIRST time. I studied your videos religiously and turns out it paid off. Thank you so much for the all the amazing content you produce so I could study it when I wasn't on the road.

  53. Hi! I have one question: from a 4-way intersection, two cars from the same direction came at the same time, one is turning left and the other one is turning right…who has the right of way?

  54. this video was super informational but I think cutting out some stuttering would make it better to watch so it isn't as long

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