Yep, the 5-way stop is a real thing. And to cut straight to the point, it works exactly like the 4-way stop sign intersection. It’s exactly the same thing as an ‘all-way stop;’ all way simply meaning ‘everyone.’
These 5-way stop intersections are pretty rare in my experience, but they do pop up from time to time to seemingly make sure we are on our toes, so to speak.
5 Way Stop Intersection Rules
Let’s review the basic rules for 4-way stops, since these are the exact same rules for the mysterious 5-way stop.
In terms of vehicles, we must yield to any vehicle that stopped first, before us at the 5 Way Stop
So basically, you roll up to the intersection and stop. Then, yield to any pedestrians that there might be.
Pedestrians can make this situation confusing. Drivers are sometimes trying to keep track of some order, and then pedestrians appear.
Just do your best and make sure you do yield to pedestrians first, then figure out the order of vehicles after that.
If you stop at the same time
Just like the 4-way stop intersection, you must yield to the vehicle on your right, if you both stop at the same time. We do this merely to clear the intersection as efficiently as possible.
If we all yielded to the left, it would take us all longer to get where we’re going.
Some other rules for the 4-way and 5-way stop include:
- If you stop at the same time, left turns should yield to right turns
- If you stop at the same time, left turns should yield to drivers proceeding ‘straight’
Where Are they?
These are seriously few and far between, and in my experience they’re found in areas that are very quiet. In other words, the chances of 4 other vehicles being there at the same time as you is pretty rare.
But even if that happens, it’s really not hard. You almost won’t notice the difference.
Foster & Gatensbury In Coquitlam
Here is one example from Coquitlam. It really turns into a 4-way stop when there’s not 5 cars there at the same time.
I can’t see how much traffic would ever be coming out of that skinny road there. It’s just residential. It’s probably never too busy around there. Not any busier than any other 4-way stop, I mean.
Of course just be aware that you should be checking 4 other areas instead of 3. Other than that, I don’t believe these are difficult.
If you do think this is crazy, check out SATELLITE PHOTOS: The Craziest Intersections In The World. It may just change your mind.