How to stop at a stop sign?

The stop sign is used on the road to control traffic and is most often found at intersections. It allows road users to know who has priority of crossing and to reduce the risk of accident. The standard stop sign is a red octagon with the letters “STOP” (or “STOP” in Quebec) printed in white. When you see it at an intersection, you know you have to stop and that you should only pass if the lane is clear after following the crossing rules.

Anticipate the stop
Sometimes you will see the sign clearly as you approach it. In other cases, such as on a slope or a bend, you may not see the sign until you are close enough to it. In these situations, it is possible that a sign will be installed to warn of the imminent appearance of a stop sign that you might not see at the moment. Whatever the situation, you need to prepare to slow down as soon as you see the sign.
Take enough time and distance
The time and distance it takes to stop will depend on several factors, including your speed, weather and road conditions. However, you should start to slow down at least 50 meters from the sign. If you are driving fast, the weather is bad, or the road conditions make it dangerous (for example if the sign is at the bottom of a steep slope), you are going to need even more time and d space to stop.

  • If you respect the speed limit on the road in question, you should generally have enough time to slow down and stop at the sign, whether or not you see it in the distance.

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Stop completely

When you arrive at the sign, stop completely for the vehicle to stop moving. You don’t just have to slow down or stop accelerating.

  • Try to slow down gradually as you approach the panel instead of stepping on the brake pedal.
  • If there is a continuous white line or a crosswalk at the intersection, you should stop before not to block it.
  • If there is no line, you should take the sign for reference and stop a little before to see in all directions.
  • If you can’t see a certain part of the intersection, go forward a little until you can see the rest of the road and stop.
  • If there is already a vehicle stopped at the sign in front of you, you must stop, let it pass, move forward, stop again at the sign and continue.