Yield Signs

Written by Tammy Bush
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Yield signs consist of a bright yellow, upside down triangle with the bold words "Yield" emblazoned across them. They have become pretty recognizable, and for most people, it is obvious what they mean. The specific legalities of yield signs may not be quite as apparent, however.

Yield Signs: Safety Education

Contrary to popular belief, yield signs are not the same as stop signs. Stop signs require that the person come to a complete stop at the intersection where the sign is posted whether there is intersecting traffic or not. Yield traffic signs are usually found in situations where cross roads merge onto streets or highways with greater traffic flow.

The main thing to keep in mind in a yield situation is that the traffic coming is not required to stop for merging traffic. This is why it is a good idea to slow down or even come to a complete stop at a yield sign. Even drivers in yield areas that have a specific lane for merging need to allow the flow of traffic to pass before trying to merge.

Invisible Yield Situations

Many drivers are unaware of some of the unposted yield laws which exist. Pedestrians in crosswalks, for example, must always be yielded to. In some states, the law requires motorists to yield to buses trying to merge with traffic as well. When two cars arrive at an intersection at the same time, the car on a driver's right must be yielded to. If the car is on your left, then you are on his or her right, and that driver must then yield to you. This rule applies to unregulated intersections as well where no stop or yield sign is present.

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