A red yield indicates that a driver must prepare to come to a full stop and yield to pedestrians and vehicles with the right-of-way if either are present, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. If neither is present, the driver may proceed without stopping.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers should slow down when approaching a red yield sign. A yield sign has the same traffic meaning as a blinking yellow light, according to SafeMotorist.com. The signs may also be used to warn drivers about upcoming road disruptions, such as construction or poor driving conditions.