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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ABC Wednesday: Y is for Yield


When I see a yield sign like the one below, I know what to do. I slow down and stop if a car is coming and give it the right of way.

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It's hard to see it, but there is a pedestrian crosswalk not too far from the stop light in the shot below. In the middle of the crosswalk is a yield sign and that's clear to me. I know to slow down and stop if someone is getting ready to walk through the crosswalk. I think it's a strange place for a crosswalk since there is a stop light so close for pedestrians to use but at least I know what to do because there is a yield sign at that crosswalk.
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I find crosswalks like the next one confusing because they don't have yield signs. As a pedestrian, I'm not sure when I see a car coming if they are supposed to yield to me. I know if someone is half way across a cross walk with a warning sign, cars must stop for the pedestrian but I'm never sure if the warning signs operate like a yield sign.
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There's another warning sign below for a pedestrian crosswalk in the shot below although it may be hard to see. The point I'm trying to make is I never know when it's just a warning sign, if a pedestrian who sees a car coming should wait for the car before crossing or if it's up to the car to slow down and wait for the pedestrian even if they aren't in the crosswalk yet. I wish all crosswalks had yield signs too because then I know what is supposed to happen.
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In addition to the lights that flash at a railroad crossing, indicating that a car should stop, this one has a warning sign which is bizarre to me. Does it mean you should slow down and yield to runaway trailers escaping from their trucks? I hope that doesn't happen much.
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19 comments:

Meryl said...

LOL! Sweet post. I love he last one. Sometimes the signs make tons of sense, sometimes you wonder what some people were thinking! Thanks for the smile I leave with.

EG Wow said...

Signs can be confusing for sure. I guess my best advice would be when you are in doubt drive defensibly and be polite. (I hope I will listen and take that advice too. Haha!)

Roger Owen Green said...

In NYS, the car is supposed to yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk. As a pedestrian, I NEVER assiume that will actually happen. the drivers in Vermont are MUCH better at yielding to walkers.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

In California the pedestrian is suppose to have the right of way. I never trust that though.
Impatient people in cars don't always pay attention to the yield and caution signs.
Great post today.

Sylvia K said...

It's the same here in Washington -- drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians -- whether they do or not seems to actually depend on the driver???? not the sign. Great post for the Y Day, Carver, as always! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Reader Wil said...

Some traffic signs are so difficult that a driver is confused and will be dangerously distracted,

Wanda said...

I see those signs too, but never thought of using them for "Y"...how clever you are!

Jingle said...

thoughtful.
we all yield when we see the sign and stop to let traffic go first.

lovely shots.
have fun today.

Hildred and Charles said...

I'm always glad when the sign tells me to YIELD. I am sure there must be rules for who goes first, but I always find it confusing and so am happy someone tells me what to do!

Kay L. Davies said...

I also don't trust drivers to yield to pedestrians, even if that is the law. I'd rather be safe than sorry. I don't stop for pedestrians who are approaching crosswalks but not in them yet. However, if a pedestrian is beginning to cross, I stop. What worries me, is some drivers keep going in the lane beside me because they don't know I've stopped for a pedestrian. Scares the wits out of me when they do that.
I love that yield sign in the first photo, it looks like one corner of it has been bent! LOL
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Tumblewords: said...

I love your commentary, as well as the photos. The last one made me laugh. I think it might indicate a huge bump which could shake your trailer off. :)

Paula Scott said...

Brilliant post! I never thought of the yield sign for Y and what a great choice! I agree with you too-signs can be pretty confusing.

Ann said...

It is hard when North Americans drive on the left side of the road, in New Zealand, at a junction, we also have give way to the right.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour sweet Carver,
Great idea for this theme and the yield pictures are great!
hugs
Léia

Indrani said...

Y for Yeah!! Good one.

chubskulit said...

I love your selection of Ys herhehe!

My ABC, please come and see.

Michele said...

Neat photos... I was just browsing through the signs and such and though, "gosh, we don't have half of those signs here in Canada and if I was driving where u live, I'd be totally breaking a lot of laws!!" =)

Rambling Woods said...

I was going to say what Roger did. But it can be confusing and I never expect a car to stop, I am always cautious...

ChrisJ said...

There is an old joke about a woman stopped at a yield sign with a driver behind her leaning out of the window shouting, "It say, 'Yield' Lady, not 'Give up'!"

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