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Florida Driver Handbook: Stop Signs

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Florida Driver Handbook: Stop Signs

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5. Driving Safety

If the vehicle has automatic transmission, check mirrors for traffic. Release the accelerator to allow the vehicle to slow. Move your foot to the brake pedal and press with steady pressure for a smooth stop.

If the vehicle has manual transmission, check mirrors for traffic. Release the accelerator to allow the vehicle to slow. Move your foot to the brake pedal and press with steady pressure for a smooth stop. Press clutch pedal down and shift into first gear when stopped.

Many intersections are marked with stop lines to show where you must come to a complete stop. These stop lines help to set you farther back at an intersection to give larger vehicles more turning space. Always stop behind stop lines.

After a complete stop, you must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic and pedestrians at stop signs. Move forward only when the road is clear. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.