Stopping

Information related to stopping.

Where to Stop for a Stop Sign

Stop SignWould you believe me if I told you that the positioning of a stop sign at an intersection has nothing to do with where you must stop? Yes, the sign tells you that you must stop, but the markings on the roadway, or lack of them, tell you where the stop has to take place. There are four possibilities for a driver to consider.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 643WNH

Bad DriverThis overtaking driver fails to signal his intention, passes on the right travelling off of the roadway and then fails to stop for the stop sign. He's being selfish by refusing to wait his turn and complicating the traffic flow at the intersection for other drivers. I'm tempted to make my left turn from a position nearer to the right edge of the lane when I see this coming in my rear view mirror, but this is not correct. One must position their vehicle near the center line in preparation for a left turn.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 224MLD

Here's something that you see fairly frequently at stop signs. The front driver stops correctly at the marked stop line and proceeds when safe. The second driver simply follows along without making a second stop in the proper position.

BC Bad Driver of the Week: 580MPP

I suspect this driver changed their mind about which way to go after setting up for a left turn just a bit too far into cross traffic. You can see one vehicle turn right from behind him as we approach and a second vehicle prepare to do so. After passing we see this driver turn right instead. Perhaps not turning into the curb lane as he should have prevented a collision with the right turn vehicle behind.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 971JPV

One does not need to do anything overtly dangerous to be considered a bad driver. Simple thoughtlessness or failing to consider other road users can create a hazardous situation as well. This driver decided to stop in the center of his lane, leave his door open and tie his shoe. Everyone else was welcome to drive around him.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 762WVL

How many violations can a driver commit in 25 meters of parking lot? In this video I counted four, the failed stop when approaching from the right, failing to signal the turn onto the cross street, stopping in the wrong place before making that turn and turning left contrary to the posted sign.

The Forgotten Stop - Emerging From Alleys and Driveways

Stop SignHow often have you seen a driver exit an alley, parking lot or parkade and either zoom right across the sidewalk or make a first stop directly over top of it? This can make life difficult for pedestrians who may happen to be in the way. It shows that the driver is not thinking ahead as the sidewalk is there to be seen and the potential conflict with pedestrians recognized.

VIDEO - The Philosophy of the Stop Sign

video iconThis excellent video by Young Drivers of Canada explains the philosophy of the stop sign. If you approach thinking "stop", you are more apt to grant the required right of way to other road users. If you approach intending to slow down just enough to avoid a ticket, you are thinking "go" and will be less likely to take the necessary action, stopping, if you are required to grant right of way to others.

Stopping Behind Other Traffic

Red Traffic LightI have noticed many drivers stopping at a red light several feet behind the car in front. Having asked my daughters who had recently passed their driving exams about this and both told me that their instructor had told them, even when stopped, they must leave at least one car length distance behind the car in front. Is it really true that our young drivers are taught to stop several feet behind the car, also stopped, in front?

Racing to a Stop

Red Traffic LightWe've all seen it and I'll bet that we all talk about them, drivers who race us to the next red light. Here they come, weaving through traffic, going over the speed limit and pass by us just in time to stop for the same red light that we do. These drivers put us all at risk to gain nothing and demonstrate their inability to plan ahead.

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