1. Make sure you are in the correct lane before you reach the intersection and be aware of the “blind spots."
2. Always use your turn signal for other drivers know your intentions.
3. Avoid any distractions.
4. When slowing down, match the pace of the car in front of you.
5. Watch brake lights to anticipate when traffic slows and/or comes to a stop.
6. Do not tailgate or rush a traffic light.
7. When pulling up to the intersection, keep one car length between you and the car in front of you. (If you get rear-ended you will be less likely to crash into the car in front of you.)
8. Inspect the intersection. Look for stoplights, stop signs, turning lights and restrictions, one way signs, road blocks or construction, pedestrians and crosswalks, and bike lanes. Be aware of anything that could potentially create a collision.
9. Watch the vehicles in front of you, behind you, beside you, and in oncoming traffic. Then look both ways to see where other vehicles are, what their intentions are at the intersection. Be aware of other’s motivations, and be prepared to react defensively while you cross.
10. Keep your wheel straight and your foot on the brake while waiting to cross the intersection.
Distracted driving is one of the major causes of crashes at intersections. Make sure you are paying full attention to drivers around you.
1. Avoid any distractions like loud music or conversation.
2. Keep your hands on the wheel and be prepared to brake suddenly.
3. Stay off your cell phone.
4. Do not apply makeup or eat food.
5. Do not play with your radio.
1. When approaching a stop sign, stop at the painted line or behind the curb.
2. Stop signs require drivers to take turns before proceeding through the intersection.
3. It is important you understand who has the right of way. The right of way is whoever reaches the intersection first, then goes in turn to the right of the drivers. If there is confusion about who has the right of way always allow the other car to go first or wait until they signal you to go.
4. If there is a car in front of you, wait 2 seconds until you move forward in case they make a sudden stop.
5. Never run a stop sign, even if it looks like there is no one else at the intersection.
6. Do you know why you’re supposed to stop for a full 2 seconds? When you’re in a moving vehicle, it can sometimes feel like you’ve stopped when you really haven’t. By stopping for a full 2 seconds, you are able to ensure your vehicle really did come to a stop. Just count “one thousand and one, one thousand and two”, then proceed if clear.
1. At green light, do not just proceed instantly. Look both ways to make sure that there are no other cars still going.
2. Look ahead to make sure the traffic isn’t stop. Wait until there is room for your car on the other side of the intersection, do not wait in the center of the intersection.
3. At a yellow light, evaluate your speed, the distance to the light, and the time the light has been yellow. If there is time to cross the intersection, proceed with caution. If not, brake. Never “gun it” through a yellow light.
4. At a red light, always stop. Never run a red light.
5. If you are making a turn at a red light, first make sure there are no posted restriction. Check the vehicles on the left and the right, and oncoming traffic, making sure that your path is clear. Also check for pedestrians and cyclists.
6. Turning left? Wait for the arrow. If there is no arrow or if it legal to cross without an arrow, be aware of all oncoming traffic before making a turn. Never hang in the center of the intersection to wait to make a turn.
7. If the traffic lights are not functioning, treat the intersection as if there are 4-way stop signs.