If you find yourself at a four-way stop wanting to go straight and you see the car across from you wants to turn left, you SHOULD NOT wait for them to turn in front of you. Left-turners must yield to straight-goers. You may think you're being nice, but you are actually...
- disrespecting the drivers waiting behind you,
- slowing down the whole intersection, and
- creating doubt and confusion city-wide as your habit spreads to other drivers.
Here is a snapshot from the Utah Driver Handbook (pg. 13):
It is not only illegal to let the left-turner go first, it is also much less efficient. The correct way has both of you out of the intersection more quickly. Plus, if we all follow the same standard there won't be any need to wonder what that other driver is going to do.
(Pass this along to anyone you know in Cache Valley)