Yielding Tips When Driving


What is yielding?

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.

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.

How to signal when turning right when yielding

Typically you are simply turning right (the diagram below is simply a right turn, isn’t it?), so just use your right-turn signal just like you would for any other right turn.

You should not signal left after you signal right unless you are planning to lane change to the left lane immediately.

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.


The only time to use use a left signal when yielding

Use your left signal to tell other road users you are planning to go immediately into the left lane, if you need to do this.

left turn signal yielding


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.

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.

intersection turns yielding

If you are yielding while facing a red light

If you are yielding when facing a red light, then you may no longer need to yield to left turning vehicles (although, keep in mind there may be an oncoming left turning priority arrow).

You may be needing to yield to the traffic from your immediate left, since those are the drivers with the green light.

yield sign intersection

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.

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Yield Signs, Drive Smart BC

Do I have to stop at the yield sign? – BC Driving Blog

Yield sign and upside down yield sign – BC Driving Blog