Stopping Tips for Drivers

It would seem obvious to most drivers that when you see a stop sign, all you have to do is just that – stop. Yet, it’s more than just coming to a complete stop. You have to also be aware of your surroundings before, during, and after you stop.

Stopping Tips

  • Check your mirrors every time you slow down or stop – doing so can help you plan to prevent a rear-end crash.
  • In winter months, roads are slick any place you find braking or acceleration, such as must stop intersections. Plan your stops in advance and use smooth braking.
  • In traffic, leave at least one vehicle space between you and the vehicle stopped in front of you to protect you from sliding into it if the road surface happens to be more slippery than you anticipated.
  • Don’t assume other traffic will stop for stop signs. Always try to make eye contact with other road users at must stop intersections.
  • At a 4-way stop, never take right of way unless it is given to you.
  • If approaching a railroad crossing and driving behind a commercial vehicle such as a truck transporting dangerous goods or a school bus, be prepared to stop.
  • Keep your eyes moving while stopped at an intersection and waiting for a gap in traffic. The environment is continuously changing in the driving scene.
  • Always use extra caution when coming to a stop behind a large vehicle on an incline.

Remember the majority of collisions, are not “accidents.” They are often predictable and preventable. When driving, look ahead, scan the intersection, check your mirrors prior to stopping and plan your stops well in advance.

Ready to take our Quiz? We recommend that you read Clearing the Path for Stop Signs and Stopping Safely in an Emergency Situation next so you’ll be better prepared to pass the quiz or, you can take the quiz now.


I am a Fleet Safety Operations Manager with 30 years of experience teaching traffic safety across five provinces, and in four countries. Outside of work, I am an avid traveller, a fervent Flames fan, and a Mustang enthusiast.