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Doesn’t anyone know what a yield sign means?

By From page A11 | January 09, 2014

Doesn’t anyone know what a yield sign means?

Some people know what it means. In case they don’t:

Yield (verb): To give up (an advantage, for example) to another; concede.

Meaning: Slow down as you approach the intersection. Prepare to stop and yield the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians in, or approaching, the intersection. You must come to a full stop at a yield sign if traffic conditions require it. When you approach a yield sign be prepared to stop.

It means that if there are cars coming, then you have to slow down and let them pass before you can merge. You may even have to stop and wait for there to be an opening. So the people already in the lane you are merging into have the right of way, and you need to wait for a clearing to merge.

A yield sign means, you do not have the right of way.

I get so frustrated with people who blatantly ignore a yield sign. It is such a problem. I have lost track of how many times I had to lock up my brakes on Air Base Parkway and the North Texas Street. Yield.

Maybe the problem is that they don’t know how to read. Or they don’t understand the colors or shapes of the signs. But then, they shouldn’t have been issued their licenses, should they?

Please pass on your knowledge to others as a friendly PSA.

Geoff Estin

Fairfield

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  • J.L.January 09, 2014 - 6:09 am

    I'm glad someone posted on this. I also get very frustrated on those two roads, although I have a different perspective. Air Base Pkwy has many entrances by way of merging. That means oncoming traffic must anticipate a certain speed and maintain a safe distance between cars to merge. That does not mean they stop completely. I can not tell you how many times I have seen an accident, or near accident, because people choose to completely stop in merge lanes instead of following the correct procedures for merging.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Red lights. Stop signs. Speed limit signs.Merge/yield. All foreign to todays misfit drivers. As long as they're allowed to continue the behavior, it will only get worse. Buckle up and don't miss your insurance premiums!

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:17 am

    I'll add my two favorites... not using turn signals and passing on the right.

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  • TylerJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:30 am

    So what do you do when drivers dawdle below the limit and stay glued to the left? I pass on the right.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:36 am

    Good morning Mr. Practical! Precisely what prompted me to write! ;) The CA Vehicle code clearly discusses the proper use of turn signals and it aint all that difficult!

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:37 am

    Yeah, I'm not sure BMW's even come with turn signals anymore?

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Mr. Practical, HA! HA! We laugh about that all the time. Hey look, a brand new ride and the turn signals are all ready broken! :)

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  • InPerspectiveJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:45 am

    From the California Driver's Handbook:Pass traffic on the left. You may pass on the right only when: An open highway is clearly marked for two or more lanes of travel in your direction. The driver ahead of you is turning left and you do not drive off the roadway to pass. Never pass on the left if the driver is signaling a left turn.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 09, 2014 - 6:51 am

    InPerspective, Driving 101. Everybody knows or should know this stuff. Ign*orance and apathy are common to the problem. Lack of enforcement is the reason it continues.

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  • InPerspectiveJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:04 am

    CD, I put that quote from the Driver's Handbook in to point out to a previous commentor that passing on the right is sometimes OK. OK?

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:34 am

    InPerspective, apologies if I seemed facetious, not at all. Just supporting your case. :)

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 09, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Geoff has done us all a big favor by highlighting the problem and identifying a specific location. Here's another one----the intersection of Air base Parkway and Peabody Road. Drivers coming from Travis heading to Vacaville are not yielding as they enter Peabody. I don't know how many close calls we've had as we enter Peabody coming from the Fairfield direction. Dummies need to observe and heed the yield signs or they will pay!

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  • patrickJanuary 09, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    a good way to solve the problems mentioned here is to issue a ticket mandating the law breaker to retake all dmv tests and pass them. both written and driving.

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