Who has the right of way when two drivers approach an intersection at the
It is an event that happens to drivers in Pennsylvania every day - two
cars simultaneously approach an intersection from different directions.
Usually, this situation occurs at an intersection governed by a four-way
Many drivers wonder, if we arrive at the intersection at (or close to)
the exact same time, who gets to go first? Of course, the easy answer
is always which ever driver can proceed through the intersection safely.
But there is also a law in Pennsylvania that addresses this situation.
Under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code the general rule is as follows:
When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways
at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left
shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. 75 Pa.C.S. 3321(a)
Although there are exceptions to this general rule, which include situations
involving emergency vehicles, construction vehicles, and school buses
(see 75 Pa.C.S. 3321(b)), Pennsylvania law essentially states that the
driver to the right has the right of way when both approach the intersection
at the same time. In other words, you must yield (give up) the right of
way to that driver by letting him go first.
So next time you encounter a situation such as this, remember, “The
driver on the right, has the right of way!”