Today we are talking about the very fun 4 Way Stop intersection, which is a thing that not all countries have. People new to Canada often are confused by this type of intersection.
It’s not too difficult, though. You just need to learn what order to go, and take your turn when the time is right.
The 4-way stop intersection does not particularly exist in the motor vehicle act. But you can read more about it here and watch some video examples of real 4 way stops, too.
We must use our best judgment and be cautious and courteous at 4-way stops.
Technically we must follow the rules for stop signs, which merely indicate that you not proceed until you know it is safe.
I know, this is not very helpful information.
4 Way Stop 4 Cars, Omg
Don’t panic. What I would recommend if this happens to you frequently is to control the speed of your vehicle.
This way, you don’t stop at the exact same time as the other vehicles.
If you see 3 other vehicles approaching, you can simply slow down earlier than the other vehicles, and stop after them.
It is much easier to figure out who goes first, when there are only 3 cars.
As always, make a very obvious and clear stop – avoid rolling up to the stop sign so slowly that the other drivers aren’t sure when exactly you stopped.
Don’t give yourself whiplash, but do make it obvious; this can help as well.
Also, look at the direction the drivers say they want to go.
If all 4 cars want to go straight, that is a much larger problem than if they all want to turn right.
Carmen C. is the founder of DrivingInstructorBlog.com After becoming an ICBC-GLP (Graduated Licensing Program) driving instructor at the age of 22, she worked for about 8 years teaching driving lessons in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In 2012 she decided to pour her knowledge into a website and share this information with the world! 🌎 She no longer teaches, but enjoys writing and maintaining this blog, creating abstract art when inspired, and photography.