What to Do at a 4-Way Stop
Driving in Sioux Falls one will notice, especially on the south side, an abundance of 4-way stop intersections. Some even have turning lanes included which means there can be eight vehicles at the intersection at one time. Things can really get hot quickly in the 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. hours.
Take 85th and Western, for instance. Some days it's clear that some drivers are in the dark as to how to properly navigate 4-way stops.
Here's a little back-to-driving-school lesson: Basically, the driver who arrives first at the intersection will have the right of way.
We also remember from Driver's Ed that at 4-way stop if two vehicles reach the intersection simultaneously, the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
If two motorists arrive at the intersection at the same time on the same street, a driver who wants to turn left must yield the right of way to the driver from the opposite direction.
According to Justin Freeman, a former police officer, in the event that all 4 vehicles stop at the intersection at the same time, "courtesy should reign - use hand signals to defer right of way, and watch for the same from other drivers."
And the big thing to remember is that you must give way to any pedestrians crossing the road into which you are turning.
Also, if the power is out and the traffic lights are non-functioning at an intersection, these 4-way stop rules go in effect.
This nifty video from johnnyboy3217 at Youtube does a nice job of reviewing the rules of the 4-way stop.