Attention Ontario drivers - it’s important to understand the rules about who has the right-of-way in all situations. We’ve outlined when you need to yield while driving in Ontario.
In Ontario, “yield the right-of-way” means to allow the other driver to go before you. There are many different situations where you need to know who has the right-of-way and knowing this will help you safely navigate driving. Whether you’re a new driver or more experienced, it’s a good idea to brush up on these rules.
Five Important Right-of-Way Rules in Ontario
Rule #1 | 4-Way Stop
When approaching a 4-way stop, whichever vehicle comes to a complete stop first has the right-of-way. If you both arrive at the same time, the driver to the right has the right-of-way.
Rule #2 | Turning into Oncoming Traffic
When you are making a right or left turn into oncoming traffic, you do not have the right-of-way. You need to yield to the oncoming traffic which includes vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Be sure to check your blind spots before making your turn.
Rule #3 | Leaving a Driveway
Since you are the one entering into oncoming traffic, you do not have the right-of-way. You must yield to oncoming traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Rule #4 | Roundabouts
Many drivers in Ontario are still not fully aware of how to use a roundabout and they fail to yield properly. The most common mistake and the most important thing to remember is before entering the roundabout you must yield to the oncoming traffic, as they have the right of way.
Rule #5 | Parking Lot
Having to yield in a parking lot can be a bit more confusing and typically people don’t fully grasp the rules. Thoroughfares are the main roads of the parking lot where feeder lanes are the smaller roads that typically connect thoroughfares. Regardless of the type of road, you are on if you are turning into oncoming traffic in a parking lot you must yield. This is also true for when you are leaving a parking space. Pedestrians and other vehicles have the right-of-way.