Do you yield or do you stop?

While most people have a basic understanding of what to do at a stop sign and yield sign, you never know what type of situation you'll run into when you're behind the wheel.

With a stop sign, there is no gray area. You're expected to come to a full stop, assess the intersection and then decide how to safely proceed. Even if there are no vehicles around, you must still stop, as neglecting to do so can put other people, such as pedestrians, at risk.

What about a yield sign?

Yield signs are a bit more difficult to understand, as you're expected to slow down. You're also expected to stop, when necessary, such as if there is not an opening in the flow of traffic.

For example, if you're yielding onto the highway, it's ideal to gradually move down the on-ramp and pull your vehicle into traffic without stopping. This is the safest approach for you, those already established in traffic and drivers behind you waiting to yield.

If the opportunity to cautiously yield doesn't exist, treat the sign as a stop sign and wait for traffic to clear up.

Confusion regarding stop signs and yield signs can increase the risk of an accident. Knowing exactly what to do will help keep you safe.

If another driver makes a mistake that causes a car accident, such as running a stop sign, move to safety and call for help. Also, take notes and snap photos, as this evidence will help when filing an insurance claim and seeking compensation for injuries and damages.

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