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Turning right onto a busy street with a yiled sign... I get very nervous, what should I do?

Asked by Glow (1352 points ) September 3rd, 2009

Okay, so there is this street I turn right on to every day to get home and it has a yield sign. I know that means to watch for oncoming traffic, but the lane that turns right onto the street is where some cars merge onto when they come forward. I get a bit panicky and I sometimes stop completely, and don’t turn, especially since if I do, I have to go through about 3 lanes of traffic to get into the left most lane so I can get on the highway. I wait till the light is green and I quickly jut across all lanes onto the left lane, and I feel safe not having to merge into traffic and change lanes 3 times, but then I worry that I am upsetting cars behind me by not going.

Is there some advice I can get on how to relieve anxiety about this? It’s really troublesome and I think of it often. Maybe some advice on how I can better handle the situation, what should I think of, what should I do, etc. Thanks in advance!

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robmandu's avatar

I don’t really see a problem with fully stopping if that’s what you think you need to do to be safe.

justn's avatar

”[Yeild] indicates that a vehicle driver must slow down and prepare to stop if necessary — usually while merging into traffic on another road — but needn’t stop if the way is clear.”

That’s from Wikipedia.

If you have to its perfectly fine to stop at a Yeild sign.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Here in my state they are YIELD signs. And they usually mean stop when necessary, but you do not have to stop if you can clearly proceed. Beats putting the entire sentence of slow down, check to see if it is clear and then proceed with caution on a road sign.

AstroChuck's avatar

If the sign says “Yild” then you must yild. Just as you must sop at a “Sop” sign.

YARNLADY's avatar

Hubby has to deal with a similar turn every day going to work. His suggestion is to allow a few extra minutes so you can come to a complete stop, if necessary, and always proceed with extreme caution.

If this is causing too much stress, I suggest you find a safer intersection, turn sooner, turn into a parking lot that lets out where you want to be, or simply find a different route.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Before they changed things three years ago, UPS drivers were only allowed to make right hand turns, therefore eliminating the wait time of turning left against traffic. Their routes were set up to make right turns only, and it worked very well for them. but then some crazy girl with too much college education and an obsession with mapquest screwed everything up.

YARNLADY's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra That is my theory also. On the rare occasions I go out, I try to make sure I take the route with the fewest left turns.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@YARNLADY just remember, two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do.

Glow's avatar

Thanks for the information. Okay, it makes sense. It’s just that I never see anyone stop at the yield sign, even if there is oncoming traffic, which I found weird. I guess they were just being impatient.

@YARNLADY I was thinking about finding another intersection, but one would require me to go back in the opposite direction and I add an extra 5 minutes or so, depending on the light, or the other one would require me to go through a mall parking lot. But I have made changes to my route to take as few left turns as possible, and that actually took a while, lol. Who knew a right turn would give me trouble!

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