This might be the most misunderstood traffic law in Alberta

Who has the right-of-way at an uncontrolled T intersection?

This isn’t a trick question. This is a basic concept that we all had to learn to get a driver’s licence in Alberta. Still, so many of us either forget or had no idea in the first place.

Who has the right-of-way? Is it car A or car B?

There is a definitive answer in Alberta, and that’s what makes this question amusing.

Some will argue it’s car A because that car is on the “main road” or the thru-road.

Others will say car B because that car is on the right and you’re supposed to yield to the car on the right at an uncontrolled intersection.

And the car B people would be correct.

And the car A people sometimes get angry about it. They swear that being on the main road, if that is an actual thing, gives that car right-of-way. Lucky for us there’s a law we can reference and a free driver’s handbook we can check.

Uncontrolled intersections are ones that have no traffic signs and no traffic signal lights. This may also apply to an intersection commonly referred to as a “T” intersection. Other drivers might not be expecting traffic or pedestrians to cross their path and this could cause a collision.

Check for traffic approaching from your left and right when you are approaching an intersection without traffic signs or traffic signal lights. Slow down and be prepared to stop. Yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on your right.

Basic Licence Driver’s Handbook, p. 73

Now we know.

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