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nobb
02-26-2008, 11:26 AM
When I took my first driving test, I failed the first time. I was driving on a straight main residential road and coming up in front of me to the right was a very tiny small road. But this small road did not have a yield or stop sign, so the intersection between my main road and this little road is considered an uncontrolled intersection. I failed because the instructor did not feel like I slowed down enough to yeild if there were a car on that road.

The book says in an uncontrolled intersection, the person on the left has to yeild to the person on the right. This makes sense, but in real life, no one ever seems to do that. People's instinct (which is also what they usually do) is usually the person on the small road waits until the main road is clear before turning onto it. Most of the times when I am driving on a big main road and stop to yeild to the person on my right in an uncontrolled intersection, they look at me like I am a dumb*ss. Quite frankly, it feels a bit awkward to be holding up traffic on a big main road to yield to a small road and I have never seen anyone do this in real life.

Do you guys always pay attention to whether an intersection is uncontrolled? And do you yield?

PingSpike
02-26-2008, 11:35 AM
My instinct would be the same as yours...however, I have never seen the kind of intersection you describe. There's always a sign for some one.

DougK62
02-26-2008, 12:52 PM
I've never seen an intersection like that. And I live way out in hillbilly territory.

LTC8K6
02-26-2008, 02:37 PM
I have never seen an uncontrolled intersection.

Should I see one, I would report it to the local DOT.

nobb
02-26-2008, 03:09 PM
Maybe you guys never see uncontrolled intersections because you never look out for them? Honestly, I dont think anyone (me included) goes by each intersection looking to see if it has a sign or not. Thats just not practical.

LTC8K6
02-26-2008, 03:24 PM
Again, I've never seen this, but this is what my state says.

From the NC handbook:

In intersections without traffic signs or signals, the right-of-way rules state that:

the vehicle already in the intersection has the right?of?way ahead of any car that has not yet entered;

when two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the car to the right has the right-of-way;

a vehicle with the right-of-way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn right or left; and

even with the right-of-way, be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.

When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, the right-of-way rules are not much help. Both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn must wait. The driver who wants to turn left must give the proper signal and wait until the turn can be made safely. Therefore, in this case, the driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right?of?way. Never change lanes while you are moving straight ahead through an intersection.

LTC8K6
02-26-2008, 03:26 PM
How can you tell that the smaller intersecting road does not have a stop sign?

LTC8K6
02-26-2008, 03:28 PM
The only time I recall the uncontrolled intersection rules coming into play is when the traffic lights are completely inoperative at an intersection.

Even then, almost no one does the right thing.

jagec
02-27-2008, 10:35 AM
Originally posted by: LTC8K6
I have never seen an uncontrolled intersection.

Should I see one, I would report it to the local DOT.

You must not drive much. There are piles of them in every single city. Try driving in a residential area sometime.

OP, I generally look to the right and left for traffic. If there's someone coming to the right, I slow down and watch what they do. If they're clearly coming to a stop, it will be faster and easier for everyone if I just go through, instead of stopping and playing the guessing game. If there's someone coming to the left, I also slow and see what they're doing, because they might not give me the right of way.

So I follow the rules for the most part, but I monitor traffic conditions in case other drivers don't.

LTC8K6
02-27-2008, 11:18 AM
I drive plenty and I still cannot recall ever seeing an uncontrolled intersection. I have never seen a side street without a stop or yield sign as far as I can remember.

Clearly there are some, or the laws wouldn't be there and the question wouldn't be on the test.

I'm certain I've never run across one.

KentState
02-27-2008, 03:58 PM
I drive 15-18k a year and don't recall ever seeing an intersection like this. Maybe this is unique to certain states?

bigal40
02-27-2008, 06:37 PM
I've never seen an uncontrolled intersection

Zach
02-27-2008, 07:54 PM
I think some cities don't have them. My neighborhood has an unmarked intersection and most people don't notice. They just breeze right through. All the other towns I've lived in had signs, unless one was stolen.

HannibalX
02-28-2008, 03:36 AM
Back in 2004 after a hurricane in FL there were many uncontrolled intersections due to mass power outages and no traffic signals. FL law dictates that in the event of an uncontrolled intersection it should be treated at a 4-way stop (most FL drivers seemed to know nothing about this though). The FL 4-way stop law goes like this. First car to stop gets to go first, unless both or all cars stop at once, then the car with no one to their right gets to go first.

alimoalem
03-02-2008, 04:48 AM
i've never seen an intersection like this, either. the only time i won't see them is at t-intersections, and it's kind of obvious who has right of way in that situation.

Blackjack200
03-02-2008, 08:00 PM
There's an uncontrolled intersection in the town next to me (Maplewood, NJ); it's the only one I've ever seen except when I drive way out in the boonies and the roads are empty. That intersection is a real irritation because the visibility is bad enough that you have to almost come to a complete stop to make sure there's no-one coming the other way. Essentially, it would be better if there was a stop sign one way or the other so at least 1 direction wouldn't have to slow down so much.

zixxer
03-04-2008, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by: Zach
I think some cities don't have them. My neighborhood has an unmarked intersection and most people don't notice. They just breeze right through. All the other towns I've lived in had signs, unless one was stolen.

If an unmarked intersection had a sign wouldn't it just be a regular intersection?