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The Forgotten Rules of the Road: The Four Way Stop

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Intersections can not only be a challenge, but a test of patience as well.

The four way stop is a frustrating intersection for many.

Do people not pay attention at them, or do they simple not know what to do?

Rolling through stop signs, not using proper turn signals, cutting others off or not paying attention at all are major areas of concern when it comes to the four way stop.

And although the idea of the four way stop is simple

It can cause quite the headache.

Actions of politeness by motorists not in a hurry can also make for a confusing situation.

"The person on the right can give up that right of way if they want the other person to clear through. Commonly in this part of the country we just give a wave of the hand," says Brandon Benitz with the Nebraska Safety Center.

This can lead to a stalemate situation, and when drivers aren't paying attention.

So the Nebraska Safety Center in Kearney is giving young drivers plenty of opportunities to experience them first hand.

"We are putting students through intersections for all different directions, from all different angles. we want students, even during the free drive portion to experience as many intersections as they can," says Benitz

The person on the right has the right to go first in a stalemate situation, that doesn't apply if they are crossing in front of others. which can make for a sometimes dangerous situation.

"So many vehicle crashes occur at intersections where vehicles across in front of one another and turn in front of one another," he says.

Which prompts Officer Derek Payton of the Kearney Police Departments with some advice to live by, "In all situations what I would say is to defer to defensive driving, even though you have the right of way if you can see an unsafe situation always do what you need to do to keep yourself and the occupants of your vehicle safe."

Safety for all has remained a common theme throughout this series.

With these simple reminders the roads can remain a happier and safer place for all.

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