When there are no traffic signals or road signs to help you determine the right-of-way, exercise cautions and use the following simple rules to determine who has the right-of-way.
- The vehicle that arrived to the intersection first has the right-of-way.
- If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at roughly the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must give way to the driver of the vehicle on the right.
- When making a left turn, yield to all oncoming traffic EVEN if you were the first one to enter the intersection.
At a T-intersection that is not being controlled by a traffic light or traffic signs, the driver on the terminating road must yield the right-of-way to cross traffic and pedestrians crossing the street. This also applies when you are entering a highway from a driveway or a private road.
- Slow down when approaching the intersection, even if there is no other traffic in sight (note that some states, such as Arizona, require you to treat any unregulated intersection as a four-way stop intersection and come to a complete stop before going through).
- If there is cross traffic and a vehicle has already entered the intersection, allow the vehicle to safely proceed through
- Look to either side to make sure there are no other vehicles approaching the intersection at high speed.
- If another vehicle arrived at the intersection at the same time as you did and the vehicle is located on your right, give way
- Proceed through the intersection
Remember that the right-of-way does not have to be taken at all times and you may yield it to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.