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    Default Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    Now the US does not used priority road signs to tell you if other intersecting roads have to stop, now without these how are you suppose to be able to tell if an intersection is uncontrolled or not? Now in some situations you can see if the other road has a stop or yield sign, but if you can't see it how are you suppose to know if they have to stop or not?

    So how the hell are you suppose to know if your in an uncontrolled intersection or not?

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    In California you do have signs that say things like, "cross traffic does not stop" and stuff like that, but if you are not sure you can also look at the ground for signs of any type of traffic control

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    If there is no stop or yield sign for you, you have right of way. If you're at a yield sign, traffic that is merging with your lane has right of way and you must let them go first. If you're at a stop sign and there is traffic coming towards your intersection from either side, you wait until they stop or pass through. Not that hard.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    never been through an "uncontorlled" intersection technically but i have driven with people who have and it does say "traffic dont stop" or something like that. I say ehh better to stop then get smashed but thats just me.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    You should be a trafficologist. And if that isn't a job then make it up. You worry about this stuff wayyyy too much

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    never been through an "uncontorlled" intersection technically but i have driven with people who have and it does say "traffic dont stop" or something like that. I say ehh better to stop then get smashed but thats just me.
    Quite often out in the country there will be no signs at all....

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    I just always look to see if I can see the back of a stop sign, or flashing yellow lights, or any sort of sign, really, for the other traffic. And I look to see what the cars are doing.

    If all else fails, I just proceed with caution. And then I think something like "WTF, stupid city needs to put some damn signs up" and then never think about it again.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one?

    an "uncontrolled" intersection is any at which there is not any traffic control. Sign, light, or traffic cop.

    99.9999% of the time they are "T" intersections, and the rule in cali at least is that the terminating traffic must yield to cross traffic.

    if 4-way intersections exist without any sinage... I'd like to see it.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    If there is no stop or yield sign for you, you have right of way. If you're at a yield sign, traffic that is merging with your lane has right of way and you must let them go first. If you're at a stop sign and there is traffic coming towards your intersection from either side, you wait until they stop or pass through. Not that hard.
    Dude that is a controlled intersection, an UNcontrolled intersection has NO stop or yield signs, no lights, nothing for ALL directions. That is why it is called uncontrolled.

    The reason I was thinking about this was I was driving through Boston the other day and there was a large # of uncontrolled intersections in its residential neighborhoods. I was noticing it was pretty hard to tell who had the right of way.

    Yes they did also have 4 way uncontrolled intersections there. According to there traffic laws they follow the European system, traffic to the right has priority, not straight.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    an "uncontrolled" intersection is any at which there is not any traffic control. Sign, light, or traffic cop.

    99.9999% of the time they are "T" intersections, and the rule in cali at least is that the terminating traffic must yield to cross traffic.

    if 4-way intersections exist without any sinage... I'd like to see it.
    We have a couple of those in my area. I failed my driver's test going through one without yielding enough.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    If there is no stop or yield sign for you, you have right of way. If you're at a yield sign, traffic that is merging with your lane has right of way and you must let them go first. If you're at a stop sign and there is traffic coming towards your intersection from either side, you wait until they stop or pass through. Not that hard.
    Dude that is a controlled intersection, an UNcontrolled intersection has NO stop or yield signs, no lights, nothing for ALL directions. That is why it is called uncontrolled.
    Yeah thanks, I saw the last eleventy posts that said that, too. Excuse my ignorance, oh great one, but you don't see uncontrolled intersections in NJ.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    If there is no stop or yield sign for you, you have right of way. If you're at a yield sign, traffic that is merging with your lane has right of way and you must let them go first. If you're at a stop sign and there is traffic coming towards your intersection from either side, you wait until they stop or pass through. Not that hard.
    Dude that is a controlled intersection, an UNcontrolled intersection has NO stop or yield signs, no lights, nothing for ALL directions. That is why it is called uncontrolled.
    Yeah thanks, I saw the last eleventy posts that said that, too. Excuse my ignorance, oh great one, but you don't see uncontrolled intersections in NJ.
    According to NJ Motor Vehicle Commision they exist.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    Yeah thanks, I saw the last eleventy posts that said that, too. Excuse my ignorance, oh great one, but you don't see uncontrolled intersections in NJ.
    Ok donít mean to be a dick, but you just showed that it is way too easy to get a license in the US. The fact that you were never taught of the existence of uncontrolled intersections is almost scary. Your driver training completely failed to make any mention of the existence of one of the potentially most dangerous types of intersections.

    If you donít mind me asking how old are you, and how long have you had your license for?

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    Yeah thanks, I saw the last eleventy posts that said that, too. Excuse my ignorance, oh great one, but you don't see uncontrolled intersections in NJ.
    Ok donít mean to be a dick, but you just showed that it is way too easy to get a license in the US. The fact that you were never taught of the existence of uncontrolled intersections is almost scary. Your driver training completely failed to make any mention of the existence of one of the potentially most dangerous types of intersections.

    If you donít mind me asking how old are you, and how long have you had your license for?
    goddamn, you're dramatic. i've driven through nearly half the united states and i've never encountered an uncontrolled intersection.
    please do not assume the rest of the country remotely resembles the traffic cluster-[censored] that APPARENTLY is CT.
    that, or you need a new hobby.

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    Default Re: Uncontrolled intersection, how do you tell if you are in one

    goddamn, you're dramatic. i've driven through nearly half the united states and i've never encountered an uncontrolled intersection.
    please do not assume the rest of the country remotely resembles the traffic cluster-[censored] that APPARENTLY is CT.
    that, or you need a new hobby.
    Well yes driving THROUGH Ĺ the country I would doubt you would ever encounter one, you would mostly be driving on highways no?

    And just so demonfire does not have a [censored] fit. I live in the cluster [censored] that is the greater NYC area. Most of CT is very different from the hell hole that I drive in. Hell Manhattan is a more pleasant place to drive than many of the roads I get to deal with. If I could afford it I would move there.

    And for reference the intersections that made me think of this were ones in Boston MA. Uncontrolled intersections are rare in my area, it is pretty built up, but these were in residential neighborhoods. The thing that made it hard was many stop signs had a very far set back so it was almost impossible to tell if an intersection was controlled or not.

    Now if you encounter one or not I still think this is something that should be taught before you get a license. Hell even I was not really taught this in driving school, and you know what I randomly came across several of these.

    And how am I assuming anything I asked a pretty simple question that made no assumptions about the lay out of the US. I know dam well the roads are very different throughout the US and that the traffic regulations vary allot state by state.The only people that made assumptions were some of the other people who posted in this thread. Probably not to any fault of there own, simply due to the fact they were never taught otherwise. I only wish more people would give that more consideration before they try to drive through other states blissfully ignorant to the possibility laws may just be different from what they are used to.

    BTW does anyone know of a good site that shows the differences in traffic regulations state by state? I am yet to find a good one that lists this stuff.


 
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