The concept of yielding the right of way can often be an art form. This is often complex because people have never bothered to learn the proper etiquette, or simply don’t care who has the right of way.

Though people know that most people know that a green light “trumps” a red light, but many people clink that this simply refers to an intersection. What happens if you are making a u-turn at a green light someone else is looking to turn on red at the same time.

If it is legal for the car to make a u-turn at the green light, then that car has the right of way. If you are turning right on a red light, the car is supposed supposed to yield to any (and all) traffic that has the green light. When you see a “no u-turn” sign at the light, then the right on red driver would have the right of way, for the car on the u-turn would be doing so illegally.

Exiting

Another question that is frequently asked is “If a two lane highway merges with another two lane highway to form a four lane highway, who has the right away?”

Once the merge has taken place, the cars in the left two lanes have the right away in every situation.

Two Lanes to Four

So what happens when a two lane highway merges with another two lane highway from a four lane highway?

After a merge occurs, cars in the left two lanes have the right away over the cars in the right two lanes, because cars in left lanes need to exit quickly after four lanes have merged. When it comes time to approach this situation, you just need to think “right of way.”

Four Way Stops

People are often confused about what to do at a four-way stop if all cars seem to arrive at the same time. Usually, you let the car to your right of way, and this will start a chain reaction then everyone will get through the stop smoothly.

So what about a two-way stop where both cars are across from each other? If it appears that the other driver got there at the same time, simply flash your lights and let them go first. As a driver, you have this tremendous ability to let the other car go first, but this means that you cannot force the other car to wait and let you go ahead.

If you follow these instruction laid out for you, If you are at a two-way or four-way stop sign, and you are the first one there, and another vehicle decides that it wants to go, let them. When there is any source of confusion, simply let the other car go first. It is now worth becoming involved in an accident.

Though Thanksgiving 2013 is already in the books, the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays will see a spike in travel around the State of Texas. The reality is that most have family scattered across the state (and country), and the Holiday Season is intended to be spent with loved ones. How do you avoid all of the hassle and stress associated with travelling in a confined space for such a period of time? We are all different, especially when it comes to road travel, but here are a few tips that should help you retain sanity throughout the remainder of the year.

  1. Be sure to leave early – Congestion on Texas highways and interstates will reach maximum capacity around this time, so to save yourself (and your family) the headache of car horns and obscene gestures by allotting 20-30 minutes more than you had initially planned.
  2. Know your route – The advent of GPS devices have been a great resource for drivers, but not all are exactly spot on with directions. Before you pack in the car to head to your destination, make certain that you have the safest, least time consuming route.
  3. Stay off your phone – Though possibly the most obvious, when you are driving refrain from using your phone. If you must use your phone for directional purposes, allow your co-pilot to serve in this function.
  4. Stay alert – Road conditions can vary regionally, so be sure to keep up with your inclement weather updates. When driving, also be aware of other motorists and obstacles.
  5. Don’t get too stressed – The kids are in the back seat asking “Are we there yet?” Traffic is bumper-to-bumper, and you are running late. This is going to be typical, but don’t let the stress ruin your day – it makes for poor driving.
  6. Make your ride enjoyable – Play “I Spy,” listen to some holiday music, stop at a coffee stand for hot cocoa – whatever the case, it will make the ride must more pleasant.

These are simply a few of the ways to stay safe while travelling over the Holiday Season. Perhaps most importantly, though, is to NEVER get behind the wheel after you have had too much alcohol (obviously). We can guarantee that if you follow these precautions, you’re road trip will run along smoothly. We cannot guarantee that grandpa will stay awake through dessert, however.

If you’ve just passed your permit or driver’s license test, the next step will be to buy a car. Though some teenagers are lucky enough to receive new cars..

Regular traffic laws that apply in most, if not all, states are well known. But did you know, there are some driving laws of cities and states that are completely bizarre? It is sometimes hard to find the reasoning for these unusual driving laws, but they do exist. Take a look at some of the weirdest driving laws in the United States.

Common Sense

Common sense is a main function in developing driving laws. Turn Right and use right turn signal. Stop at the stop sign. Still, with using common sense, there are some unusual driving laws in effect. Laws usually come into existence out of necessity. It’s hard to imagine what happened to cause these laws to exist:

  • In Alaska, it is illegal to tether a dog to the roof of a car.
  • In Chico, California, just to add insult to injury, it is illegal to jump out of a car that is moving at 65 mph.
  • In Dublin, Georgia, it is illegal to drive through playgrounds.
  • Finally, in Alabama, it is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Seriously, why does this need to be a law?

Inexplicable Laws

While the laws above seem unnecessary because of common sense, why these laws exist is simply unexplainable. Hopefully you’ll never be in these situations:

  • In Arkansas, after 9 p.m., it is illegal to honk your horn where ice cold beverages or sandwiches are served. The sandwich industry must be influential in Arkansas politics.
  • In Texas, registering a car without windshield wipers is illegal; but a car without a windshield is acceptable. What purpose would wipers serve without a windshield?
  • In New Jersey, it is illegal to hang anything from your rearview mirror, including air fresheners. How are drivers supposed to get that “new car smell?”

America, the Land of the Unusual Driving Laws

Whether they seem unnecessary or strange, the crazy driving laws don’t stop there. With all the cities and towns in America, there are bound to be unusual traffic laws throughout the country. If you’re visiting another state, try not to break any of the strange laws in effect there.

Texas law requires that drivers have automobile coverage to pay for any property damage or injury to others resulting from an accident that they have caused. The first offense for driving without insurance can result in a court fine of between $175 and $350, and subsequent offenses can result in court fines up to $1,000.

Additionally, if you are convicted of driving without insurance, you may have to pay an annual surcharge of $250 to the Texas DPS to maintain your possession of your driver’s license. This will remain in effect for three years, meaning that the first offense could ultimately cost you more than $1,000.

The insurance company will provide you with a card that operates as your “proof of insurance” at the beginning of each policy term. This will be necessary to possess when you:

  • Are asked by a police officer to procure it
  • Obtain or renew your driver’s license
  • Have an accident
  • Have a vehicle inspected during an annual required state safety inspection
  • Register the title to your car or renew its registration

Texas law further requires that you have the basic minimum coverage of $30,000 per injured person, up to $60,000 for everyone hurt in the accident, and $25,000 for property damage. This coverage is often referred to as “30/60/25,” but please acknowledge that this may not be enough if you are held wholly liable for the accident. With this is mind, it may prove more beneficial for you to increase your coverage limits; the higher your limits, the more your premium is.

It is very important to know that basic liability coverage pays for damages and injuries you cause to other people, and will not repair or replace your car. “Comprehensive” coverage will aide you to repair or replace your car if it’s stolen or damaged by hail, fire, road debris, vandalism, or other similar covered risks. You may also wish to add “Personal Injury Protection (PIP),” which will pay for your expenses from an accident caused by an uninsured motorist.

Obviously, automobile insurance is highly important to operate a vehicle in the State of Texas, so if you aren’t insured, you should go out and get some today!