What’s your sign?

Probably not STOP:

I can sort of understand city dwellers not understanding how four way stops work. I mean, they’re still dumbasses, but at least we can understand why. It’s not a part of their everyday driving experience.

Nearest four-way stop: either end of my block. I can’t drive much of anywhere without encountering one. I do in fact understand how they work, though I figure I probably have some compensating dumbassery elsewhere.


  1. McGehee »

    23 January 2013 · 10:18 pm

    My nearest 4-way stop is about two miles away, but to get there I have to negotiate a 3-way stop.

  2. fillyjonk »

    24 January 2013 · 7:20 am

    Yeah, but smaller-city dwellers have their own brand of knuckleheadedness. See: waving people through to be “nice” when it’s not their turn.

    That said, I rage every time my town replaces a four-way stop with a traffic light, because that seems to back traffic up far worse.

  3. McGehee »

    24 January 2013 · 8:53 am

    Here in Coweta County we have two-lane roads carrying traffic volume during commute hours — which in metro Atlanta extend well into the evening due to the distances traveled for many of them — that would clog brand-new four-lane expressways.

    One of those was the sole exit from the subdivision where we used to live, and at times we would have half a dozen cars backed up at the stop sign because the driver at the front of the line wants to make a left turn. Most such drivers will insist on waiting until the traffic clears to make their left turn rather than take advantage of the hours and hours of empty road available for making a right turn, and then finding a convenient place to turn around.

    A stop light just for that exit road might be a bit much, but you’d think at the very least we could have had separate turn lanes.

    I’m so glad we moved. The road we live on now is busy, but never that busy.

    So far.

  4. Tatyana »

    24 January 2013 · 9:51 am

    Pls explain to this ignorant city-dweller how DOES it work
    [note: no driving experience whatsoever]

  5. CGHill »

    24 January 2013 · 1:12 pm

    In general (local ordinances may vary): first to the intersection, first through. Tie goes to the car to the right.

  6. Tatyana »

    24 January 2013 · 2:56 pm

    But if all four drivers arrived simultaneously, they are going to stay there forever, each nodding encouragingly to the guy to their right!

  7. CGHill »

    24 January 2013 · 7:37 pm

    I tend to yield to anyone who seems to be in a hurry, just to keep my sheetmetal from being bruised.

    As a practical matter, though, if quadruple arrivals are common, it’s a good argument for a signal light instead of a four-way stop.

  8. Lynn »

    24 January 2013 · 9:33 pm

    Forgot to mention, one school of thought has it that the vehicle with the biggest tires goes first.

  9. JT »

    25 January 2013 · 10:42 pm

    Tatyana, there’s just such a scene in the opening credits of LA Story (great Steve Martin movie btw).

    Lynn, here in TX that might take a while too. Just about every pickup and SUV has these Flintstone-sized tires on them.

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