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Florida Drivers Handbook - Chapter 3 - Right of Way

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The Florida drivers handbook is your guide to getting a Florida drivers license. Inside the drivers manual you will find driving laws, explanations of how to get your drivers license, and details of the different types of drivers licenses Florida offers.

Chapter 3 - Right of Way

This section of the Florida Driver Handbook covers Right of Way on Florida highways, the Turnkpike, and other roads. Right of way can be confusing in situaton such as 4 way stops, flashing red lights, and flashing yellow lights.

Topics Addressed in Chapter 3 of the Florida Driver Handbook include:

Defensive Driving Passing
Safety Belts Parking
Protecting Children Expressway Driving
Speed Limits Animals
Right of Way Handling Emergencies
Pedestrians Sharing the Road with a Truck
Making Turns Sharing the Road with a Bicycle
  Sharing the Road with a Motorcycle

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Right of Way

Who has the right-of-way in Florida? The answer is no one! The law only says who must yield (give up) the right-of-way. Every driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash.

Stop Signs

You must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic and pedestrians at stop signs. Move forward only when the road is clear. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

Open Intersections

An open intersection is one without traffic control signs or signals. When you enter one, you must yield the right-of-way if:

driving in intersections
  • A vehicle is already in the intersection.
  • You enter or cross a state highway from a secondary road.
  • You enter a paved road from an unpaved road.
  • You plan to make a left turn and a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction.

When two cars enter an open intersection at the same time, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

Roundabouts

round abouts

Roundabouts are a new type of intersection which improve traffic flow and reduce traffic crashes. Most roundabouts do not require stopping, which allows vehicles to move continuously through intersections at the same low speed. Roundabouts are designed to move all traffic through a counterclockwise direction. Vehicles approaching the roundabout yield to circulating traffic, however, drivers must obey all signs to determine the correct right-of-way in the roundabout.

Safety Rules for Pedestrians

  1. Look to the left and the right before stepping off any curb.
  2. Cross only at intersections or designated crosswalks. Drivers are always more alert for pedestrians when they approach intersections.
  3. Cross with the green light or "WALK" signal. Make sure you have enough time to cross. Although the motorist must yield, the motorist may not see you in time.
  4. While walking along a highway, always walk on the shoulder on the left side, facing traffic. Wear light colored clothing or use a flashlight to make you more visible to drivers at night.
pedestrian rules for Florida

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