Everyone is a worse driver than me

I live in a small city and close to work, which means that I don't need to drive very much. And when I do, it's usually only for a short distance. So it amazes me that, at least once a day, I encounter a clueless driver who arrives at an intersection and has NO IDEA who has the right of way, or how they should proceed.

I'm not talking about people who run yellow lights, or those who wait several seconds after the light has turned red before completing their turn: they know better; they just choose to drive badly. I mean the ones who are genuinely perplexed - and either proceed into the intersection when it's not their turn and risk a collision, or just sit there and keep everyone else waiting.

Since I know that every bad driver in Waterloo reads my blog on a daily basis, I proffer this guide to handling tricky intersections.

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1. Who turns first?

Two cars arrive at the corner of Phillip and Columbia. One is going north on Phillip and wants to turn right onto Columbia, and the other is going south on Phillip and wants to turn left onto Columbia; so they are both turning onto Columbia westbound. The lights in all directions have just turned red. A second later, the driver turning left gets a left green arrow. Which car has the right of way?

A. The driver turning right, because you can turn right on red.
B. The driver turning left, because they have a green left arrow.
C. Whoever got there first, goes next.
D. Both drivers can turn simultaneously, into different lanes.


2. Can you turn left on a red light?

A car arrives at the intersection of Caroline and Erb. Caroline is a one-way street before Erb and a two-way street after Erb. Erb is a one-way street before Caroline and a two-way street after Caroline. Can the driver of the yellow car make a left turn onto Erb (going east) on a red light?

A. Yes, as long as the intersection is clear.
B. No. The driver must wait for a green light before making the left turn.


3. The lights are out!

Due to a power outage, none of the lights at the intersection of Weber and Columbia are working, and there is no police officer directing traffic. There are many cars lined up to the intersection from all four directions. In what order do they proceed?

A. The drivers on Weber have priority, because it is a more major street than Columbia.
B. Several cars should go in one direction, then several cars proceed from another direction, and so on.
C. Only one car at a time proceeds from each direction. The priority cycles clockwise (after the car to your right goes, it's your turn).
D. Only one car at a time proceeds from each direction. The priority cycles counterclockwise (after the car to your left goes, it's your turn).
E. It's mostly random, with cars going straight having priority over cars that are turning.


4. Who turns next?

A car is stopped, waiting for oncoming traffic to clear in order to complete a left turn from King onto University (westbound). As traffic clears, another car arrives at the intersection from the opposite direction, indicating a right turn from King onto University (also westbound). These are the only two drivers in the intersection, and they both have a green light. Which car turns next?

A. The driver turning left, because they were there first.
B. The driver turning right, because the left-turning driver must yield the right of way.
C. Both drivers can turn simultaneously, into different lanes.


5. Where should you stop?

A car heading north on Caroline is faced with a red light at Erb, right after the railway tracks that also intersect with Caroline. Where should the car stop?

A. On the railway tracks.
B. Behind the double white lines at the railway crossing.
C. After the railway crossing but before the intersection.

Comments

neal said…
the final question (and corrosponding picture) is misleading...

THere clearly isn't room in the diagram for another car...
Sassan Sanei said…
Thanks Neal. You're right. I just added a note to the question that the intersection is empty when the car arrives, and tied each answer to a specific car in the diagram. I hope that makes it clear.

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