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How to Stop Properly at a Stop Sign

By Justin Davis ; Updated April 18, 2017
Stopping properly at a stop sign is a good way to avoid automobile accidents.

Stopping properly at a stop sign is an act of good driving that is not performed very often by the average motorist. Police and pedestrians are usually well aware of this fact, and often take measures to prevent illegal stops or drivers running stop signs. Stopping properly at a stop sign is a good way to avoid traffic violations.

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Take your foot off of the gas pedal when you first see the stop sign.

Put your foot on the brake pedal and slightly depress it to begin braking. Press harder if you are going fast, or if you are coming to the stop sign quickly.

Press down completely on the brake pedal, bringing your car to a complete stop. Stop the car in front of the white painted stop line, or if there is no line, before coming into the intersection.

Wait for at least three seconds, look for cars coming from both perpendicular directions and then continue through the intersection if the coast is clear.

Allow cars that arrive at the intersection before you go first. If you arrive at the stop sign at the same time as other drivers, allow the cars to the right of you to proceed first. Always allow pedestrians to finish crossing the street before continuing through the intersection.

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About the Author

Justin Davis has worked in psychological and health research since 2008, focusing his writing on health, home and cultural activities. He is an active and contributing member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society and Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Delaware.

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