Four Way Intersection Rules to Remember

Everyone remembers the time when you were a child and you would watch your parents sitting in the front of the car and just taking you to places. The family car was the magic carpet we saw in the movies and we were the fairy tale kings. Now, as we grew older, the magic of it gave way to an understanding of what a car is and how it works.

However, it did not take away the fascination of it. Even today, so many of us are fascinated by the working of a car and all the little things that go into it. Now, even if you are at an age that you can learn to drive. There is still some theory that you need to remember especially if you are finally on the road.

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Places Where Parking is Never Permitted

Unlike driving, parking seems to be a piece of cake but you will be astounded to find that it is not as straight forward as you thought it might be. You cannot just park anywhere you want. There are rules governing public spaces.

Here are the places where parking is never permitted.

If you break these rules, you may get a ticket, or worse, your car may be clamped or towed.

Between two parking spots

This one is pretty obvious, if the place has been clearly marked as parking spots–that is there are lines demarcating each parking spot–then parking between them is not only very rude but also against the law. So, if you are thinking about parking between the two spaces then you probably shouldn’t and find a proper spot instead.

Unless you want to experience some bad parking revenge like the video below:

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Stop Eating While Driving

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to distract a driver. Someone cut you in your lane, somebody calls you, there’s a billboard that’s just too vulgar or bright; or you could be eating while driving.

I mean, I have done before. I would run out of the door in a hurry to start my morning commute, order a breakfast biscuit and a cup of joe at a McDonald’s drive thru and drive off to work.

When my family and I travel out-of-state in our car, I would sip coffee while driving, or munch on a burger or sub when I get hungry.

Can eating while driving increase the likelihood of a crash?

Eating while driving definitely saves some time, especially if you are in a hurry. But just like texting or using a phone while driving, it could have its risks.

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Download the Driver’s Manual of Your State

Most drivers probably reviewed their state’s driving manual, only when they applied first for a driver’s license. But you should still download the driver’s manual of your state. This can help you review the traffic rules and regulations in your state.

It’s especially important to do this if you have recently moved from one state to another. You can see a list of all the states and territories of the USA.

Clicking on the name of the State will bring you to website of the State’s Motor Vehicle Division or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Most state’s driving manuals can be downloaded for free. We have indicated the paid ones below. As a general rule, requesting for a printed book costs extra.

You will need a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat) to open the files.

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What to Do In an Uncontrolled Railroad Crossing

You ever watch those old western movies where bandits on horses rob a train? These days, those are not the dangers you’ll encounter in trains. But accidents still happen with cars and trains.

Train tracks are still all over the continental USA. Some of them have barriers to protect cars. What to do in an uncontrolled railroad crossing?

Different Types Of Railroad Crossing

The Level Crossing with Automatic Half-Gates

About 20 seconds before a train arrives, the red lights start flashing and the buzzer sounds. At this moment, the barriers are lowered. It is therefore natural to stop and wait for the barriers to be removed.

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What Is an Uncontrolled Intersection?

Intersections are all over the roads–highways, backroads, and different types of roads. What is an uncontrolled intersection?

A road intersection is a junction or crossing point at two or more roadways, regardless of the angle of the roadways. Intersections where there are traffic signs, lights, or managed by authorized personnel are “controlled intersections.”

The intersections controlled by means of automatic traffic lights are Signposted. On the other hand, intersections that are not controlled by traffic signs, markings, authorized personnel or automatic traffic lights are said to be Uncontrolled Intersections that is, the priorities and flow of the traffic are left to the discretion of drivers.

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How Close to a Public Transport Stop is Parking Allowed?

Bus stop signs are all over the city. How close to a public transport stop is parking allowed? You may be following a bus that keeps stopping in its lane. But that’s just expected because it is supposed to pick up and let off passengers.

Parking rules are set to avoid traffic congestion. That is why parking lots are often offered on the city outskirts and most of the time, paid parking lots can be found in many parts of the city center.

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Can You Stop In a No Parking Zone?

If the sign says you can’t park, then you shouldn’t. But what if you don’t intend to park, can you stop in a No Parking Zone?

In most cities, signs that says “No Parking” means that stop there and wait IF you are still behind the wheel and the car is idling (running). If you are driving a taxi, or participating in a Ride Share, you can pick up and unload a passenger and their things. The most important thing to remember is to leave your car there for any period of time.

But where can you park then? Read on below:

Regulated parking means that it is subject to certain conditions. It may be a parking limited in duration or a paid parking.

Here’s what you need to know to identify these parking rules.

Parking Rules Indicated by Signs

To indicate a restricted parking, a sign may accompany the parking prohibition sign. These signs specify the parking rules, that is to say the conditions under which one has the right to park. It may be for example a parking limited in time, paying, reserved for certain users, etc.

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Can You Change Lanes in an Intersection?

When you change lanes or want to overtake another vehicle, first make sure you have enough space and time to perform the maneuver safely.

A lot of drivers ask if they can change lanes in an intersection. Laws in each state may vary. But the short and safe answer is: DON’T!

Intersections are meant to be kept open so that vehicles from any direction can pass without any obstructions. Besides, intersections tend to be busy and most drivers want to keep looking ahead when crossing it.

If you really want to change lanes, wait until you are on the other side. Follow the tips below when changing lanes.

Changing Lanes

Lane change refers to the maneuver that allows you to move your vehicle from one lane to another on a road that has at least two lanes in the same direction. You can do this to overtake another vehicle or to avoid a parked vehicle or when the driver in front of you is slowing down to make a turn at an intersection.

Never change lanes without having correctly signaled your intention and make sure the maneuver can be done safely.

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How to Get Your Driver’s License

Once you reach a certain age, getting a driver’s license becomes more of a necessity than a desire. However, getting a license isn’t as simple as you would think. While you might be able to drive pretty well, passing the various tests required to get a license need a little more effort. Here are some tips that can help you with that.

Begin with theory!

Just like with learning anything else, you need to begin with theory in driving as well. The best way to do it is to take a driver’s ed course. Such a course helps you understand the basics of driving and makes you ready for the next step. Unless and until you are done with this, you cannot start your ‘behind the wheel’ training. Pay good attention to this aspect to be able to succeed in the others.

Focus on the basics.

While an ed course will teach you the basics theoretically, you will actually experience it only once you start driving. Now though your main test is going to be pretty complex, this isn’t the stage to focus on that. Don’t get too bewildered by the idea of what you are supposed to do and what you can actually do now. It is just your beginning. You will slowly progress to the required level. However, this will happen only if you have focused on the basics while you are in the beginning stage. If you aren’t sure how to change gears the day before your test, it won’t work.

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