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Old April 24th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #81
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Checking the cross street for any control devices does not make any sense and cannot be safe in any circumstance
For me it is the normal behavior in such a case :-) That's why in Europe STOP sign and "cross road has priority" sign (sorry, I don't know the proper English name) have a shape of an octogon/triangle so that they can be identified by the back side as well.
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Old April 24th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #82
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That only works if you slow down significantly (or in the example Chris gave - to a crawl) before every intersection to find out if it's controlled or not.

In North America, you will never see the "cross road has priority" sign (because it does not exist), so it would mean slowing down every time the cross road has a yield or stop sign and you do not. This kind of defeats the purpose (since this behaviour is similar to what one would do at an all-way stop sign).
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Old April 24th, 2011, 10:34 PM   #83
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indeed there are very very few uncontrolled intersections here and they are usually very small roads that have 1 car when crossing the intersection
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Old November 16th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #84
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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #85
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In the US it's hard to say if one intersection is uncontrolled because there is no sign that tells you you have right of way. If you don't have a stop sign, you have to look if there are stop signs everywhere at the intersection
In many states, an uncontrolled intersection is illegal.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #86
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A rule I've always been curious about its existance in other countries: in Spain, you can drive 20 km/h above the speed limit when overtaking a car that's driving below it in non-motorways, outside-city limits roads with general speed limit (that is, 90 km/h or 100 if road has more than one lane in one of the directions, wide hard shoulders and/or it can only be accessed by motor vehicles). Which is really handy, because you just can't overtake with a speed difference of 5 km/h. Anyone knows other countries with this same rule?

Another "queer" rule says that, on an intersection, left turns must be made leaving the center of the intersection to the left of your vehicle. That is obviously never enforced, and in many intersections you can see simultaneous left turns that imply leaving the center of the intersection to the right of both vehicles. Is that also a law in other places?
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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #87
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Norway:

No right turn on red unless there's a green arrow pointing in that direction. Priority from the right applies everywhere where you don't drive on a "yellow diamond"-signed priority road - the motorists on the intersecting road(s) will face a yield or stop sign (you will find yield or stop signs on a few roads intersecting non-priority roads, but it's very rare). In cities, the priority from the right is very common and even on rural roads with an 80 kph limit it's not uncommon. However, since the tendency is that main roads get unofficial priority through intersections, the road administration have suggested that more roads should get the "yellow diamond" priority sign.

You'll find all Norwegian traffic signs here:
http://www.vegvesen.no/Trafikkinform...ts=1213a151df8
I'm of course referring to sign no 202, 204 and 206 above.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 09:45 PM   #88
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For me it is the normal behavior in such a case :-) That's why in Europe STOP sign and "cross road has priority" sign (sorry, I don't know the proper English name) have a shape of an octogon/triangle so that they can be identified by the back side as well.
I normally call it the priority sign, but I don't think that any English speaking county uses them
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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:03 PM   #89
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on an intersection, left turns must be made leaving the center of the intersection to the left of your vehicle. That is obviously never enforced, and in many intersections you can see simultaneous left turns that imply leaving the center of the intersection to the right of both vehicles. Is that also a law in other places?
It is normal practise in NL. In effect, it can even be enforced by road-markings.

Examples:
http://goo.gl/maps/J187Q
http://goo.gl/maps/k2Pdg
http://goo.gl/maps/qqBRJ
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Old January 11th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #90
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As I said, the give way rules in New Zealand change in 2012.
And since that's happened, there have been no major accidents.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #91
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It is normal practise in NL. In effect, it can even be enforced by road-markings.

Examples:
http://goo.gl/maps/J187Q
http://goo.gl/maps/k2Pdg
http://goo.gl/maps/qqBRJ
I see. Those markings are really helpful.
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