What Does a yield sign mean?
What Is Yielding
What does a yield sign mean? It’s a question a lot of drivers ask. The answer is not too complicated, so don’t worry about that. What about upside down yield signs? That’s a real thing, and we’ll talk about it too.
So what is yielding? To yield simply means to give the right of way. In other words, to let the other road user go first when there’s a potential conflict.
Right of way means ‘That space at that time.’
You don’t need to stop if there’s no one to yield to, such as cyclists, pedestrians, or vehicles already on the road.
But do be prepared to stop, which means slow down, stop if necessary and wait for a safe gap.
Stop Signs And Yield Signs
The difference between a stop sign and a yield sign is this: At a stop sign, you are always required to stop, even if you can tell that there are no other road users anywhere.
At the yield sign, you are only required to stop if there are other road users to yield to.
Sometimes, you have to stop at a yield sign because visibility is bad.
That means, you don’t know if it’s safe or not because you can’t see.
In that case, you need to stop or slow down greatly in order to check for safety.
Upside Down Yield Sign
The Upside down yield sign is basically a Caution sign
That’s right, the upside down yield sign means ‘caution.’
You may see it when trucks break down on the side of the road or during incidents on the road.
It means basically be careful, may be a good idea to slow down.
You will find these in emergency kits. The idea is to warn other people that you might be in trouble and/or having some kind of issues.
There may be people wandering around on the road.
How peculiar is this?!
What kind of signal do You need for yielding?
Typically when you’re faced with a yield sign, you are simply turning right.
This is a right turn, isn’t it?
So simply use your right-turn signal just like you would for any other right turn.
This is not a lane change, it’s simply a right turn. A lot of people are confused about this. It’s still a right turn, it’s just not at a 90 degree angle. It’s on another angle. Not all right turns are exactly right. 😂
Which traffic to look out for when yielding
Pro tip: the color of the traffic light matters. It tells you which direction you need to pay attention to. I.e. ‘where to look’ – which is one of the most difficult things to learn as a new driver.
So if you see a green traffic light straight ahead, you might need to be yielding to an oncoming left turning vehicle… Since the other traffic is facing a red light.
Signals: Turning Right At The Intersection
Signals: Turning Right And Then Left
The only time I would recommend using a left signal would be after the right signal; and only if you’re planning to go directly into the left lane.
Green Light Yielding: Which Traffic to Look For
Usually if you’re yielding while facing a green traffic light (if you know what I mean), you typically need to watch for left-turning vehicles.
Do not assume that the left turning vehicle will turn all proper into the left lane and stay in the left lane, driving down the road, off into the sunset, living happily ever after.
It is not uncommon for drivers to then want to go immediately to their right to enter into a gas station, for example.
If you’re not sure, wait. You are in control. Don’t allow yourself to turn simultaneously so that your vehicle is beside the other vehicle. Stagger and play it safe.
Red Light Yielding: Which Traffic to Watch For
If you are yielding while facing a red light, you typically need to watch for regular ‘through’ traffic from your left.
You may no longer need to yield to left turning vehicles (although, keep in mind there may be an oncoming left turning priority arrow).
If you aren’t sure whether it’s safe or not to go, wait until you’re sure. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Take your time, there is no rush.
If the driver behind you is impatient, ignore them. The decision – and all consequences that come with it – are yours, not theirs. Amen.
What Does a Yield Sign Mean?
Here’s a yielding video. Not the greatest one…
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.