Some traffic signals are dark
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Power outages across the D.C. region are creating problems with traffic signals.
There is very little traffic on the streets, but the problem is the roads are so slick that it's difficult to slow or stop once you've entered an intersection. So to avoid an unhappy encounter with an oncoming vehicle, do what doesn't come naturally to Washington area drivers: Slow down and stop at these intersections.
Treat any intersection where the traffic signals have been knocked out as a four-way stop. It doesn't matter if there's more traffic going your way, or if your street has more lanes than the intersecting street and it doesn't matter if you've got momentum on your side. It's still a four-way stop.
The vehicle on the right normally has the right of way, but don't take that as a given in any particular encounter. Try to make eye contact with the other driver or exchange visual signals -- polite visual signals -- about who should proceed first.
February 6, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Safety , Weather | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm, tips for travelers
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