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What to do at an intersection when the power is out

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Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:34 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - It can be a dangerous situation for drivers, but some say it’s just “common sense.” When you approach a busy intersection and there’s a power outage, do you know what to do?

Even experienced drivers fail to remember those scenario questions from their driving test, no matter how long ago it was they took one. Do you stop? Keep driving? What if the signals are off completely, or what if they’re flashing? Thankfully, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some tips.

What to do if the traffic light is flashing

If the signal is flashing yellow, you can treat it as a yield. Make sure you are aware of other drivers though, as some people may be confused by the flashing lights. Always be prepared to stop in case they don’t.

If the signal is flashing red, make a complete stop, just like you would were it a stop sign.

What to do if the traffic signal is completely out (power outage)

Treat the intersection just like you would a four-way stop. Yield to the right when other drivers arrive at the intersection at the same time.

When you’re in a situation where four cars, coming from four different directions, all arrive at the same time, the first one to come to a complete stop should go first. After that, you again yield to the right. All the cars will then safely be able to proceed, in a counterclockwise rotation.

Keep yourself and other drivers safe

When all else fails, the first car to stop should be the first car to go. If you’re still unsure what to do, wait for the other traffic to proceed and then go. Your safety comes first, so drive with care.

Sources: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

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