Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Two-Way Stop Sign: A California Invention

I grew up in California, and learned to drive there. In California, every four-way stop sign is really a two-way stop sign. If two streets, Central and Main, intersect, the pattern goes like this:

Central (both directions at once, with those turning left hesitating and then completing the turn behind the cars that had gone in the opposite direction). Main (both directions at once, with those turning left hesitating and then completing the turn behind the cars that had gone in the opposite direction). Repeat.

Meanwhile, everywhere else in the country operates four-way stop signs like this:

???? I don't know; I learned the far-superior California system and have no time for your inefficiencies!

Everyone else goes one direction at a time, but in what order? I don't remember. And it seems so stupid to sit there and watch a car use the intersection in a way that doesn't conflict with how YOU are going to use it, but it's not your turn yet, so you CAN'T GO!

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