Drivers must, at times, yield to other drivers. A common assumption is that you have the right-of-way. This would be a false statement and could get you into trouble. The right-of-way is given – you are given the right-of-way by another driver, or a pedestrian or a bicyclist.
• Never take what you do not own. In ALL states that is called stealing.
When driving on the highway where speeds are much higher, the right-of-way can be given and taken numerous times in a matter of seconds. For example, you’re in the right lane of a three lane highway there’s a broken down car on the shoulder ahead and you want to merge to the middle because you anticipate the driver will need room to get out. You want to merge to the middle lane. A car in the fast lane wants to merge to the middle lane at the same time. You are required to yield to the vehicle entering the middle lane from the left. You must give the right-of-way because those traveling in the left-most lanes are expected to be traveling at a faster rate of speed. Consider it a gift. Prepare yourself for any sudden movements by the car on the shoulder.
• When it’s time to leave the highway, traffic on the service road or frontage road is required to yield to traffic leaving the highway.
• Consequently when you are merging onto the highway from the frontage road, you are required to yield to traffic already on the highway.
• When you have merged safely, you are now established as highway traffic and should be given the honor when someone enters the highway ahead.
• The rule to remember is, the right-of-way is a given, not a taken. You still have the responsibility to avoid an accident even if means you give something you are supposed to have.
• Always yield to workers in a construction zone, to emergency vehicles trying to pass and move over one lane for the police, tow trucks and emergency vehicles on the shoulder.
• Unpaved roads yield to paved roads.
• Drivers exiting the highway onto an unpaved road and the driver on the unpaved road must do everything they can to avoid a collision.
• Failure to yield the right of way is the number 2 cause of motor collisions.
• If you fail to yield while driving, you could cause a collision.
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