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Since I've been feeling pretty good lately, I've been getting out of the house more. It's been nice. Of course it also means I'm driving a bit more as well. Which means I'm exposed to more of the idiot drivers of the city.

I'm particularly having trouble at the four-way stop sign by my house. I have to go through it everytime I go somewhere, so I go through it pretty often.

Picture this: an intersection with a four-way stop. There are two cars that are facing each other, both going straight through the intersection. There are cars behind both of them, also waiting to go through the intersection.

Car A is Eastbound, and Car B is Westbound. Why is it that Car A insists that Car B must be ALL THE WAY through the intersection before it proceeds??? I mean, I can understand not paying attention, but these local drivers are all doing this EVERY DAY!

Why are these people allowed on the road?

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johnale88
Jun. 16th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'm an offensive driver, but I will say this. That is actually by law what you are supposed to do.

Shocking, isn't it?
leolovesvegas
Jun. 16th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
I am with Shar and had no idea of this. Hmmm interesting indeed!
sharya
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
At a four-way stop and two cars are going straight in the opposite direction? With no one turning? So there is zero chance of collision and the other car is in the opposite lane and there's a boulevard between you? I'm pretty sure that's only the case when you're talking about cars that are like... perpendicular to each other, isn't it? Or am I completely wrong?
sew_crafty_girl
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I usually wait until the car is almost all the way through before I proceed.
sharya
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not talking about anyone turning, just two cars facing each other, each going straight in the opposite direction, with a boulevard between them. You wait until the other car has exited the intersection?
crak
Jun. 17th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
i don't know about all you other guys, but i'd much rather that everyone go through haphazardly whenever they want, much safer that way than to obey the rules.

Shar, this will probably come off as offensive to you, but ranting about people doing what they're supposed to do is quite bitchy. Obeying the rules that are designed to keep everyone (you, jason, *Alex*) safe does NOT make them stupid.

While i agree that most people are horrid drivers, i'm going to have to take exception to what you're saying here. I understand why you're saying it though.
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
To be perfectly honest, that's not how we're talk to do four-way stops here. I specifically remember that lesson in driving school, and it was indicated that when there aren't two cars crossing paths, you can go.

So my rant isn't based on suggesting people disobey the rules of the road, my rant is actually based on how I was taught to drive - at a driving school.

And I find your comment particularly interesting considering you don't know how to drive. I'm wondering if you're making an assumption on the local driving laws based on the above comments?
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
*not how we're taught
crak
Jun. 17th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
true, i have not taken my driving test, that doesn't mean i lack the common sense that it takes to drive, it means that i don't feel i need to drive.
For example:
breaking the speed limit in a school or construction zone, big no-no.
If a stoplight is flashing red, it's to be considered a stop-sign
Minimum speed on Interstate: 45 mph
pull over for any and all emergency vehicles
if speed limit is 70 and everyone around you is going 80, that doesn't make it ok
stopsigns: first come first serve

hardest part about driving is parking anyhow.
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Stopsigns aren't first come first serve, it goes by the right of way. If both vehicles get there at the same time, you yeild to the right.

If the cars are facing each other, there is no right of way, and neither car is interfering in the other's roadway (because they are in their own lanes), so there is zero chance of a collision, so it is completely unnecessary to wait until one car is ALL THE WAY through the roadway, before the second one proceeds. Now THAT is common sense.
egbert
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with you. I took driver's ed many years ago and I recall nothing that said it's one at a time if neither is turning. If you're both going straight, you can both go. At least that was the way it was here, and back then - I suppose things could have changed.

But this is seriously why I am totally for having a hood mounted bazooka.
sharya
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh man... that would be so convenient...
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