What kind of a person are you?

@GardenGerty (104414)
United States
October 26, 2011 9:13pm CST
I hope people read before responding. I thought of this today at a four way stop sign. We have many in our town. I am the type who will make absolutely certain that it is okay, before I go through. Some people, even if it is their turn, are the type who will wave you on through. Others are so determined that it is their turn that they will nearly run over you and the little old lady in the cross walk. Some people are very together, they know to the precise second who got there first, second, or third and will be polite, but firmly take their position and woe be unto you if you saw it differently. So, at a four way stop sign, what kind of person are you? I like to think I am safe.
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49 responses
27 Oct 11
hi:) I belong to the safe driver, coz I don't want to hurt myself or anyone. I don't like rude drivers, they can't even give some consideration to other all they can think of is for them to go first and without even thinking if they can already endangered their lives or someone else's life.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Rudeness and anger in a car do not help people arrive safely. I am glad you are safe and very considerate as well.
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• Canada
27 Oct 11
I am a mix when it comes to situations like this. Most of the time, I make sure that I'm adhering to the rules of the road at all way stops, but sometimes get waved through by other drivers. Other times, I'll do that for them. But then there are times that I don't want to stop, and if I see other cars coming, I try to beat them to the stop sign so I can get through first. I guess it just depends on the day for me.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
A friend once came to a four way, he waved the other person on, they waved him on and so it continued, then they both drove on through and had a collision. So I think of him when I get in that situation.
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• Canada
27 Oct 11
Lol, I've never had anything like that happen, but who knows, I guess it's possible that it would happen one day.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
25 Apr 12
You never know what will happen when you are driving around town. I hope that you get your truck back in good shape.
@allknowing (71015)
• India
27 Oct 11
Why is the situation made so difficult for you drivers that you need to put on your thinking cap. In this scenario I can only feel that everyone will want the best for themselves which could result in unpleasant scenes. Can't the powers that be do something about this!
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Four way stops are not that common and are on usually less traveled streets. It works alright if people follow the rules. Rule number one is that the pedestrian has the right of way. I think we forget the lessons we learn when we first get our licenses and then we just do what we want. How are four way traffic intersections handled where you are?
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@allknowing (71015)
• India
27 Oct 11
I am not familiar with the traffic rules as I do not drive. I prefer hiring vehicles than have my own. I do that all the time. But I can certainly say one thing and that is there is no 'handling' per se here. Every one breaks rules!
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@siri26 (331)
• India
27 Oct 11
Most of the time I stick to rules and but sometimes as per situation demands i move .
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
It is good to adhere to the rules. Unless someone else is breaking them and is about to hit you, then you really do need to move.
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@siri26 (331)
• India
27 Oct 11
yup
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
27 Oct 11
It really depends on the situation for me. I can be all of those types you mentioned. When I am in no hurry, I would be the safe type of person and wait for my turn patiently. But when I am in a hurry, I would try to get pass the others to get to my destination faster.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
When I am in a big hurry I have different routes I take that have no lights and maybe one stop sign. I only end up at the four ways mostly when my mind wanders and then I just take my time.
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
27 Oct 11
ah, it is nice to have different routes that have no lights. In Bali we have so many traffic lights and all roads are always crowded it seems nowadays...
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@AmbiePam (50280)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I let the person who got there first, go before me. And often I can kind of tell if another person who got there AFTER me is going to go before me anyway. They don't really stop, but kind of roll to or through the stop sign. I have no desire to be mutilated in a car accident, or hit someone innocent bystander. Half the time I end up waving people on to go before me.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
If I am really clear about who is first I try to follow that order. On the other hand today, I was pretty sure I had not gotten there first, but the other car waved me on, and rather than slow the whole thing down, I looked cautiously and then went when waved.
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@celticeagle (120580)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 11
I am the one who sometimes has it timed and I go. Other times I am not sure so I wait to be waved through. SOme days I feel very confident and others I am just not sure and probably a millions miles away. I am usually running through what I will say to the doctor or to my counselor.
@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
It is really unusual at the sign I was at today for there to be someone at all four signs and a pedestrian, but there was. I was waiting for the person who really had the right of way, but they waved me through. I probably would have gone a different route if I had been thinking, though.
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@celticeagle (120580)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Oct 11
I like to go the back routes so I probably hit more of them because of that.
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Sometimes, I will pull up to a four way stop sign and wait for the light to turn green. This tends to upset those people who are behind me. All jokes aside, I consider myself a defensive driver. Therefore I will take my turn but if another insists it is really their turn I will let them have it. I tend to watch and respond accordingly.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Oh, savak, I have done that as well. Especially if I am tired. I am glad you watch when you drive.
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• China
27 Oct 11
According to my past experience about road traffic,I can definitely say that I'm a preson with great safety awareness.When I cross the road,I would rather wait several minutes for the cars to pass than race my time.Therefore,if I'm at a four way stop sign,I would try my best to slow down the speed of my car and stop if necessary.Some people may say that time is precious and we should value it whenever we can,but actually life founds the basis for time,and safety founds the basis for life.So safety is definitely the most important,and every one of us should try our best to ensure the safety of us and other people.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Safety of ourselves and others should be our first priority. Often people who rush traffic do not really gain any time, just raise their blood pressure or put others at risk.
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• Canada
27 Oct 11
I don't drive, but I do cross a lot of streets on foot. I watch till I see a "walk" sign, then I look both ways, and walk across the street at a pace that is reasonable for me (I am legally blind and walk with a support cane).
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
And all drivers should give you the right of way and watch out to not put you in danger. The intersections I am talking about do not have "walk" signs or traffic lights, just the big red stop signs. Most drivers will wave a pedestrian on across, though.
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@mimm45 (168)
• Australia
27 Oct 11
I would like to say that I am a cautious driver like you but at times I am not. My husband has been telling me that I take chances at intersections and that I go when I shouldn't and stop when I should go. In other words I am not consistent with my driving. I am not confident yet when driving but that's because I just got my probationary driver's license so I am still practicing my skills. Other drivers also affect my driving as I'm always afraid that they think I'm too slow and holding everything up.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
You will gain confidence in time. I hope your husband is kind when he is critiquing your driving otherwise that would make you even more self conscious.
@mimm45 (168)
• Australia
28 Oct 11
Oh I actually don't like driving when my husband is with me. I prefer that he drive so I can watch the "scenery". I remember when he was teaching me to drive we'd have an argument because he was always getting stressed out thereby making me nervous and prone to mistakes. In the end, I had to get a driving instructor. Even now, I still see him cringing and, once, even braking for me (even though he was on the passenger side).
• China
27 Oct 11
I can't drive.You know we have more bicycles than cars over here.but then,there is no need for me to learn to drive.I had ridden in bus owned by my company to go to work and the same with going off work,before I was retired.As to what is at a four way stop sign,in my opinion,by their behaviour we know who is of impetuous disposition,who is of a gentle disposition and whether one is well bred or not.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
28 Oct 11
In our country we have the bicycles follow the same rules of the road as cars, or at least they are supposed to. It is good to judge what people will do and be very careful.
• China
28 Oct 11
If everyone strives to be the first and fears to lag behind on crossroads,the traffic will be in a muddle.
@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I'm a cautious driver. I know the rules of the 4 way stops of who was there first but some don't care. I make sure none of the other cars are going to go before I do. Since we moved when we come home down 30th street we hit 2 of the 4 way stops. But...what are the rules when say you are turning left and the person across the street is going straight you and they got there first? Does the person going straight have the right away? On a regular street, if Steve is turning left and gets there before the person across the street he keeps turning in front of them say he was there first and has the right away. I told him that he doesn't. We argued and argued over it. Finally, I asked his sister, which as you know works for the DMV. Indeed, I was the one who was right on the issue. Marsha
@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I think straight always has the right of way over turns, and that is what got me confused today. The person I felt had the right of way waved me on by. I really would rather yield than get hit anyway. I think it is so funny that she says you are right over her brother.
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@savak03 (6676)
• United States
27 Oct 11
The rule is that the one going straight has the right of way and the one turning should yield or wait. That goes for moving traffic or stop streets. However, I have been waiting with my turn signal on signalling my intentions when the opposite person waves me through. I guess a lot of people don't really know the traffic rules as well as they should.
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@brew2x (3096)
• Philippines
27 Oct 11
I am like you. I would definitely make sure that it is okay to cross before going to. It doesn't matter if I will be late in a meeting, etc. because what matters most is my safety.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Yes, safety is very important and if we leave early enough that little pause does not make us late.
• Australia
27 Oct 11
Ordinarily I would be firm and polite, but if I'm faced with ditherers I will become determined and decisive lol. But you've left out one kind of driver, that is, the one who doesn't really have a clue what the car can do and who is so unsure of him/herself that he/she becomes a bloody menace on the road because you never know which way they'll jump. Lash
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
28 Oct 11
You are right, there are a few of those who are just not sure at all and do not make consistent choices. I have had to take the bull by the horns and go on through a few times, but mostly we just all take our turns.
@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I am the type of driver that looks to see if anyone else is coming and, if there isn't anyone, I will leave in a quick manner. I am cautious up to a point, but I really see no point in sitting there without a good reason. I seriously hate to waste gas just sitting. I have driven so as to eliminate stop signs and traffic lights that did not allow me to turn right if they were on my way to wherever I happened to be going at the time.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I often go by quicker routes, but was distracted today. I just do not get too anxious, because the three seconds more that I wait are much better than having a traffic accident.
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
27 Oct 11
I am person like"loved by all by giving my love".
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• United States
27 Oct 11
What???????????????????????
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Rameshchow, you are very well liked and in this kind of a traffic situation I am sure you would be both polite and careful so that all can go on their way pleasantly and safely. I hope your school is doing well.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
27 Oct 11
HUH? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
28 Oct 11
I am the kind of person that allow the others go first if they are in a rush, I don't like to run, I like to take it easy, I consider myself a safe person, I know that eventhought it is my turn I don't have to rush, son I stop and then continue on my way. It is better to think about the others we are not alone in the world. So I prefer to stop and then go.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
28 Oct 11
It is good to be safe and to stop and go when you can.
• United States
2 Nov 11
i know thats right. insurance and everything is high. it will save you from headache in the end. its your life that your trying to protect
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
5 Dec 11
No point in being in the right but dying for it.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I am kind of a combination of a couple of those. I am very careful to make sure that nobody else is going when it is my turn, I won't turn unless I am sure nobody else is going. I am also that person who keeps track of everyone else and when they got there and whose turn is whose, unfortunately a lot of people do not pay such attention and will try and go out of turn. I have to look out for people like that. I have been known to honk my horn at people who go rudely out of turn.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I was trained in defensive driving not to honk. I might tell them off under my breath though. It does not do any good but it does blow off steam.
@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
5 Dec 11
Oh, and I do the combination thing myself. I usually know what order we should go in, but I will yield to anyone rather than put myself at risk, even if it is not their turn.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
3 Dec 11
At a four way stop sign, I generally wait until everyone else goes first unless I know I was there first. If there is any doubt in my mind, I will wait until I'm sure that no one else is going to go in front of me. I think it is safest that way.
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@GardenGerty (104414)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I definitely lean toward safety first. I would rather lose the right of way than lose my life, or have an injury.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I couldn't agree with you more! Have a great week!!!