How to Resist the Urge to Try to Beat the Light

Yellow! Approaching a traffic light -- and you want to attempt to "beat the yellow light" (trying to make it on yellow).

Steps

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    Keep your money:
    • $200 traffic tickets USA.
    • Loss of income, medical bills
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    Avoid those "getting the jump on green":
    • Don't contribute to their smash-up. Those drivers are crossing on red...ahh-green!, instead of stopping as the light turns green (which is so frustrating).
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    Avoid wrecking:
    • Crash, pile-up, fiery inferno,
    • Ambulances, hospitals,
    • Fractures, body cast, braces, scars, surgery, recovery,
    • Paraplegic, rehabilitation, quadriplegic,
    • Visitations, funerals, hearses,
    • Accidental deaths, manslaughter, accidental homicides...
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    Think of not wrecking your car and about those possibilities of injury. Slow down...
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    Prepare to stop on "yellow...oops-red!"
    • It's red so quickly! Realize that the yellow does not hold for long.
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    Give pedestrians a chance to cross.
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    Brake and stop on yellow.

Tips

  • Yellow means stop before the red light comes on! Slow down and stop...
    • Red means S.T.O.P. -- (S)tep (T)oes (O)n (P)edal.
  • The time you save beating the light is much less than you think.

Warnings

  • Dashing through just as the light turns red is illegal.
    • Never run a red light. That is dangerous and illegal. So many tragic accidents can occur, if you do.

Article Info

Categories: Defensive Driving Skills & Safety