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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Meaning of Yellow

As we all know, there are only three colors for stoplights: red, yellow, and green. Red and green we all know (although we can miss the red if we’re not paying attention). But what about yellow? Is it really just a kinda-sorta-green? How should yellow lights be handled?

Yellow lights are, in fact, a little ambiguous. It’s not unlike what happens at a 4-way stop when every vehicle arrives at the same time. Who goes first? There’s no hard-and-fast rule.

Laws vary a bit by state on this issue. Depending on where you live, you may want to visit the Texas defensive driving course, California online traffic school, Washington defensive driving class, or Florida Driving School.

But here’s a good overall solution. We think of red as “stop” and green as “go.” Think of yellow as “caution.” A good rule of thumb is that you stop at a yellow light if you can’t make it through the intersection before the light turns red.

However, be careful—check your rear view mirror to make sure Speed Racer isn’t behind you, determined to bust through even a flicker of yellow. Also, as always, take care to look out for pedestrians, what the other traffic is doing, etc.


Benjamin said...

You should always stop at a yellow light. Error on the safe side, there maybe someone just as anxious to go at a green light.

8:51 PM


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