I am just back from a weekend down at the far South Coast of NSW. As with many coastal towns, there is a large population of elderly drivers down that way. Not once, but twice did I end up in an intersection ‘stalemate’ with this genre of driver.
On both occasions I was at a four-way intersection. My road had a stop sign and I wanted to turn right, the car opposite (also with a stop sign) wanted to travel straight across. Clearly I had to give way as I was crossing the opposing car’s path. However, both times the other car would not move – either they did not know they had right of way OR they were being courteous…….Is there an old school rule about this? Perhaps they were working on the ‘got there first rule’ – i.e they thought I had right of way as I got to the intersection a couple of seconds before them? The stalemates ended when elderly driver 1 drove through (though clearly annoyed that I had not (illegally) driven across the intersection); and when elderly driver 2 waved me through with big flapping arm movements.
My issue is that (as the fat controller says) this causes “confusion and delay” – there is no way I am going to assume right of way just because a random person is driving to old school rules…! If it is a case of them being courteous, I would much rather they proceeded through – I am happy to wait at intersections for a couple of extra seconds rather than risk a car accident (which I would be at fault as I would NOT have right of way).