Yield signs and Stop signs – simplified
When doing your driving test, one of the things examiners look for is your understanding and confidence of traffic signs. Yield signs and stop signs are not the same, but yet we find people confuse them.
They have few similarities.
The biggest difference is that at a stop sign intersection you MUST stop. You must come to a complete stop. Regardless if the intersection is empty of traffic or pedestrians, stopping is a must.
At a yield sign intersection, you are not required to stop if the intersection is empty of traffic or pedestrians., just approach the intersection with caution.
Here are some similarities between yield signs and stop signs:
They are both located at intersections
Both signs have red color
They both warn you to only proceed if safe (at a stop sign, you must stop first; and with yield sign if it’s not safe to continue, then yes you have to stop)
HOW TO HANDLE THESE SIGNS WITH CONFIDENCE DURING THE DRIVING TEST
As examiners we see many driving test applicants get confused with these signs. We don’t think the confusion is what these signs mean, but rather a form of habitual behavior. This is what we mean:
At the stop sign, they don’t come to a complete stop. They slow down and slow down and slow down as they are approaching the stop sign and when they see that the road is safe, they never come to a complete stop!
This is an automatic fail in the driving test.
At the yield sign, they come to a complete stop even though the intersection is safe to proceed through
This may cost you points if the examiner deems the intersection is safe but you’re coming to a stop unnecessarily
However, if there are vehicles that are affected – that means obstructed by your stopping when safe to proceed – then you may be failed because you obstructed traffic.
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