It may be just the city that I live in, or it may be the whole country but it seems that we have more and more drivers on the road today that don’t know a lot of the basic rules of the road. So I figure I will do my part and maybe educate a driver or two.
*If you arrive at an intersection that is normally controlled by traffic lights, but find that there are no lights at all, (Usually the result of a power outage caused by a tornado, hurricane, ice storm, earthquake, mice, or a ton of other things.) – you treat it just like an intersection controlled by 4 way stop signs.
*When at a 4-way stop sign, the vehicle that arrives at the intersection first goes first. If two or more vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle to the right goes first.
*A steady yellow or amber light means that the light at the intersection is about to turn red. If you can safely stop, you should. If you can’t safely stop, you should continue through the intersection. It never means that you should speed up to try and get through before it turns red, because you don’t feel like stopping at the red light.
*If a big red truck with blue or red lights and sirens is approaching, you should know that it is probably a fire truck trying to respond to a fire or some other emergency. Pull over to the right side of the road and stop, so that it can easily pass. If you are in multiple lanes of traffic and can’t pull all the way to the right, pull to the right as far as possible.
*Usually any vehicle with blue or red lights and sirens is an emergency vehicle and should be treated the same as a fire truck above.
*Driving while putting on make-up, shaving, trying to write a text message on your cell phone, programing any electronic device, woopin’ the children in the back seat, reading the newspaper, etc. is dangerous and the cause of many accidents. Pull over to the side of the road and stop in a safe place before doing any of the listed activities, as well as several others. In the case of shaving or make-up it is easier to do that in your bathroom at home.
*If you are making a left hand turn, be in the left hand lane or designated turn lane. For right turns, be in the right hand lane or designated turn lane. If you are not able to get in the lane you need to be in safely before your intersection. It is much easier to miss your turn and change your route, than to cross four lanes of traffic and be t-boned. If you crash you will have to spend hours dealing with insurance companies, car rental agencies, and repair shops not to mention higher insurance rates. Is that really worth losing 5 minutes to find some other route or turning around up the road to make the turn safely.
*Drafting (tail-gating, following to closely) is only recommended on race tracks, in cars driven by professional drivers. Even then it can result in huge wrecks, creating large amounts of scrap iron.
*Wear your seat belts and make sure your passengers do also. For those that are houseparents, non-compliance could result in termination depending upon your facility.
*Be courteous and respectful. I think this one principle alone would alleviate many accidents and road rage shootings as well as reducing health care costs associated with hypertension (high blood pressure).
*Last but not least – be forgiving. Before you wave your fist, start shouting profanities, or flipping off the driver that just cut you off, remember the time last week you did the same thing to somebody else.
*If a police officer is directing traffic, please follow his/her directions. It will surely save you a bunch of hassles with law enforcement.
If you are still confused and would like additional information, each state publishes a driving manual specific to their state, it should be able to answer many of your questions.
I hope somebody finds this helpful and I am sure there are many more rules that could be added to this. That is what the comments section is for. Feel free to add to the list, just be appropriate.