Additional 3-Way Intersections and Intersection Signs If a side road enters from the left, the sign will display a horizontal line to the left of the vertical line. The Y-intersection is another type of 3-way intersection sign. It informs you that the junction ahead resembles a "Y" as the name indicates. These signs are required at intersections where three or more roads meet, such as at roundabouts and trapezoids.
4-Way Intersections and T-Intersections A 4-way intersection is one where four separate paths connect together. There are two types of 4-way intersections: those with a traffic signal and those without. At signals, drivers will have a choice of which direction to turn at each stage of their trip. Without a signal, drivers use a walk signal or some other method to decide which direction to go in the interim period between crossings.
At some points, multiple streets converge onto a single point, forming a "T"-junction. Two routes may leave from either side of the intersection or from above and below it. You must follow the route that appears on the most recent sign you saw. If there's a conflict, you'll need to stop at a red light or wait for any pedestrians to clear before proceeding.
T-junctions are common in smaller towns where street names aren't assigned in advance.
A three-way junction (or three-way intersection) is a three-arm road intersection. A Y junction (or Y intersection) typically has three equal-sized arms. A T junction (or T intersection) has three arms as well, although one of them is usually a small road linking to a bigger road. Intersections that do not have any of these names are called generic terms. These terms can be used regardless of the number of roads involved.
Three-way junctions and Y jcts are commonly found in suburbs and on rural roads. T-junctions are more common in cities with wide streets and many one-way routes. Although four-way stops are becoming more common on suburban streets, three-way stops are still seen occasionally.
Intersection names are used by police officers when writing up traffic tickets. They try to identify which road the driver took so they can bill the correct insurance company. If you've been given a ticket at an intersection with no name, don't worry about it. The officer should know which way you went based on which streets were blocked by accident victims or police cars.
In mathematics, an n-way junction is a location at which any number ≤ n of distinct paths may meet. Thus, an 2-way junction is a location where two paths may meet, such as an intersection; a 3-way junction is a location where three paths may meet, such as a T-junction; and so on.
Two-Way Arrow Traffic Sign Before turning right or left, yield the right-of-way or come to a complete stop. You can't go straight through the junction; you have to turn right or left.
A Y-intersection, like a T-junction, has three parts, but one highway meets another of equal size, sometimes seeming as if the two roads unite to form one road. Y-intersections are classified into two categories. A little way from the actual intersection, at the first stop sign on both routes, there is a split in the traffic: some cars continue straight ahead along each route, and others turn left or right at this point. The second stop sign, at the end of both routes, is called the "yield" sign. Here all drivers stop for any vehicle that hasn't started moving after the yield sign has been displayed.
The word "yield" comes from the need to give way to an oncoming driver who has the right of way. At a T-junction or a Y-intersection, you must always wait for oncoming traffic to come to a complete stop before proceeding. If there's no oncoming traffic, then you can go!
Trying to figure out what type of intersection you're at? Use these easy steps:
If only one route passes through the intersection, it's a controlled intersection. These intersections usually have a single set of traffic lights, and they control the flow of traffic along both routes.
If more than one route passes through the intersection, it's a uncontrolled intersection.
Vehicles can pass on either side to go to the same place. This is another sign that isn't used very often, but it's also one of the more perplexing signals you'll come across. This sign indicates that you can travel to your destination from either of two directions. While most signs tell you what direction you can go in, this one tells you which sides of the road you can use.
There are three main roads that run through Washington, D.C.: Pennsylvania Avenue, New York Avenue, and Columbia Road. These streets were once designated as national highways before being taken over by the cities that surround them. Nowadays, only drivers for local businesses need to know these signs are there since they don't carry traffic anywhere else. However, since all vehicles have both right-of-way and left-of-way signs, no one should be able to block intersections while going toward a dead end.
These signs are commonly found outside restaurants that offer drive-through service, especially fast food chains. When ordering at the window, simply follow the instructions on the speaker box. The driver behind you will receive an audio or visual signal when you are ready to proceed.
Restaurants with this sign usually have electronic message boards where customers can leave comments about their experiences with the staff. Sometimes they'll even give away free drinks or small gifts after reading some funny posts!
The two arrows pointing in opposing directions indicate that you are on or near a two-way street or freeway. Pedestrian crossing the letter Y. Motorcyclists should use caution at crosswalks.
The two-arrow symbol is used on streets all over the world, but it's most common in North America. It may appear on signs at railroad crossings, on school bus stops, and along hiking trails. The arrows always point the same direction, so if you're driving on a two-way street and see one of these signs, go ahead and turn right without hesitating.
These signs are often found on roads that lead to shopping centers or malls with multiple storefronts. Going in either direction on these streets is usually free of charge, but sometimes there may be fees for entering/exiting through certain gates. These areas are called directional hubs because they provide ways for drivers to get around the mall easily while still getting close enough to see each shop's window display.
Directional signs have two parts: the arrow symbols and the descriptions below them. They tell you what kind of road it is, where there are sidewalks, crosswalks, or bicycle lanes, if any, and what the different icons mean.
It is rectangular in shape, with a black backdrop and a white arrow indicating the traffic direction. Placed at junctions and T-intersections where two routes come together The one-way sign will be displayed on the far side of the intersection at T-intersections. It can also be seen at roundabouts where there is only one route into the center but multiple directions out.
One-way signs are used to indicate which direction traffic may proceed along a section of road. They are usually displayed at intersections where there is not enough space for separate signs to be placed for each road, such as those involving two lanes in each direction or more than one route going in different directions. One-way signs are also used to indicate which way drivers should turn at intersections without a signal system, such as those controlled by human operators or photocells. Some streets do not have sufficient width for two regular traffic signals, so one-way systems are used to allow for wider street sections. These signs are often referred to as "one-ways" even if they affect more than one lane of traffic.
Most countries that use the metric system use 1.5 meters (5 feet) between signs. However, many countries that use the English system use 8 feet as the minimum distance between signs.
One-way signs should be mounted no closer than 18 inches (45 centimeters) from their associated intersection or other sign location.