I've got a new driver in the household. My teenage son is doing a great job learning the rules of the road. But when we approach a 4-way stop - such as the extremely busy intersection of 85th and Western - we're constantly amazed at how many people do not know how to properly follow a 4-way stop. Some drivers just stop and go without really knowing who is supposed to proceed first.

The intersection of 85th and Western also includes turning lanes. That means eight vehicles can be at the intersection at the same time. Add in a pedestrian or two and it's very confusing.

85th and Western Sioux Falls
85th and Western Sioux Falls (Google Maps)

What Do You Do At a Four-Way Stop?

Here's a little back-to-driving-school lesson: Basically, the driver who arrives first at the intersection will have the right of way.

We also remember from Driver's Ed that at a 4-way stop, if two vehicles reach the intersection simultaneously, the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.

If two motorists arrive at the intersection at the same time on the same street, a driver who wants to turn left must yield the right of way to the driver from the opposite direction.

According to Justin Freeman, a former police officer, in the event that all 4 vehicles stop at the intersection at the same time, "courtesy should reign - use hand signals to defer right of way, and watch for the same from other drivers."

And the big thing to remember is that you must give way to any pedestrians crossing the road into which you are turning.

Also, if the power is out and the traffic lights are non-functioning at an intersection, these 4-way stop rules go into effect.

This nifty video from johnnyboy3217 on YouTube does a nice job of reviewing the rules of the 4-way stop.

RANT: Sioux Falls, Please Stop Being Nice When You Drive

9 Driving Laws in South Dakota that Might Surprise You, Some You Didn't Know Existed

There are some things you can do on South Dakota roads that you may have once thought illegal but aren't. Like, can you ride in the back of a pickup, or drive barefoot in South Dakota?

While perusing the South Dakota Department of Public Safety I was reminded of some things that come up in conversation quite often.

Here are a few to ponder:

30 Ways You Might Have Already Broken the Law Today

Most of us try the best we can to be law-abiding citizens, but did you know that you may have been breaking the law without even realizing it?

BestLifeOnline has a list of 30 of the most common transgressions. How many have you been guilty of over the years?

Out of 30, I am guilty of 19. And no I won't tell you which ones.