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Who has the right away at a 2-way stop

i always thought that it is the person going straight, and the person turing left has to wait for the other car.

Anways a few times lately i stopped at a 2 way stop a couple seconds before the car across the street. i was wanting to turn left and the other car was going straight and they sat there waiting for me to turn.

I am i right in thinking that the person going straight has the right of way even if they stop after the car turning left?
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That's the basic right of way if both cars stop at the same time (car on the right side goes first). Then driving-manner comes into play. They were just being polite, simple as that.
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I would assume the person going straight has the right of way even if he stopped little bit after the person who has to turn left. But I have always been confused on this one so I could be wrong
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Justin wrote:I am i right in thinking that the person going straight has the right of way even if they stop after the car turning left?
If you get there first, you have right of way.
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/yield.htm says "At an intersection with stop signs at all corners, you must yield the right-of-way to the first vehicle to come to a complete stop."

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Q: Who has the right of way when four cars approach a four-way stop at the same time?

A: The pickup truck with the gun rack and the bumper sticker saying, "Guns don't kill people. I do."
These folks have taken over RFD, so I'm done here.

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I agree with NDman..I think they were just being polite..I tend to do the same thing.I'll wave the person on through who is going to turn..
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Simple, LEFT HAND RULE
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Person on the right hand side has the right of way, if all stopped at the same time. That's what the rule says, but in reality, when in doubt I always let other's go first.

The worst is when NO BODY goes, 'cus everyone is confused. Then EVERYONE goes at the sametime...Then you have to play traffic cop and wave em on.
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Whoever arrives first has right of way.

If all arrive at the same time, whomever is on the right has the right of way.

If there is no one on the right (i.e., 4 cars on a 4-way stop, 3 cars at a 3-way stop, etc.) then cars travelling straight have the right of way.

In your situation? You should have taken the right of way since you arrived first.
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The one with the bigger car goes first :lol:
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whoever arrives at intersection first, has the right of way.
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it seems like everyone has given a different answer. it is a 2-way stop, meaning that 1 street has no stop signs and the other street interesects it with stop signs.

So, who has the right of way?
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is anyone 100% sure? is it the person going straight or the person that stops first? what do some mean by the person on the left or right? I dont want to accidently smash may car because i went when i wasn't supposed to.
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Justin wrote:it seems like everyone has given a different answer. it is a 2-way stop, meaning that 1 street has no stop signs and the other street interesects it with stop signs.

So, who has the right of way?
If you do not have a stop sign in front of you and the other car has a stop sign of course you have the right of way. Does not matter whether you want to turn or not.
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I drew a diagram of the road. hopefully this makes it clearer. so, who has the right of way?
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Justin wrote:it seems like everyone has given a different answer. it is a 2-way stop, meaning that 1 street has no stop signs and the other street interesects it with stop signs.
Nobody except Singh_21 (who's wrong) said that the person who reached there first doesn't have right of way. Some people answered with comments not directly related to your question, but mostly everyone is saying the same thing.
These folks have taken over RFD, so I'm done here.

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