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Are Minnesotans just too darn nice to make an intersection with a four-way stop sign work correctly? Maybe!

Here in the North Star State, we’re known for being…nice. Which seems to be true. So true, in fact, that I believe our 'Minnesota niceness' is to blame for our seeming inability to navigate our way through an intersection with four-way stop signs.

It's bad enough that said 'Minnesota nice' makes it tough for some drivers to make a left-hand turn onto busy roads, like, say this busy road in Rochester. (You can read my previous rant about the special responsibility you have if you're FIRST in line at a stop sign or stop light HERE).

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However, encountering a four-way stop in the Land of 10,000 Lakes enters you into an entirely new phase of traffic etiquette. When there’s traffic, everybody gets all nervous and it seems NOBODY knows when to proceed through the intersection. This just happened to me again earlier this week when I was heading home. Have you noticed this?

Here in the Gopher State, whenever you encounter an intersection with a four-way stop, things come to a grinding halt. EVERYBODY just sits there and waits-- because nobody wants to be seen as the pushy jerk who just plows through the intersection first.

But somebody has to go first– and it’s not that tough to figure out! Come on, people, whoever got there first, goes first. But, somebody– anybody– make a move, would you?!?

This video seems to sum up how us Minnesotans behave at a four-way stop. Even though this video was made in Canada, it seems they share our Minnesota ‘niceness’ when it comes to this driving behavior. Check it out…

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