Professional Driver's Handbook

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The basic right-of-way rules are explained in the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook and apply to drivers of all vehicles.

Most hazards occur at intersections. As a result, knowledge of the right-of-way rules is essential for all drivers. As a defensive driver, you should not depend on other drivers to always obey these rules. Expect the unexpected - be prepared to yield. To avoid intersection collisions, it is suggested that you follow these common-sense practices:

  • Never enter a limited view intersection at a speed at which you cannot stop safely. You should have your right foot off the accelerator and poised over the brake pedal in case of an emergency stop. This will save on reaction time.
  • Do not assume you have the right of way, even when it is reinforced by traffic lights or traffic signs. Look left and right before entering any intersection. Look for and expect the violator to run the sign or lights.
  • When approaching an intersection, be alert and anticipate a change of a green light to avoid running through an amber or red light. When getting the green light, check left, right and ahead for the late runners, before proceeding.
  • Do not depend on other drivers to signal or execute their turns correctly.
  • It is not a good practice to pass another vehicle at the approach to, or in, an intersection.

Do not use the size of your vehicle to bluff for the right of way. Give the right of way rather than taking it. As well, you should pay attention to each and every intersection, laneway or driveway.


Rev: 2017