There's A Good Chance You Are Stopping At A Traffic Light The Wrong Way

November 30, 2017

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Right now as you are stopped at a red traffic light, there is a good chance you are approaching the signal incorrectly and actually at an increased risk of a collision!  Take a look at the car in front of you.  The widely accepted practice of waiting bumper to bumper for the traffic light to change from red to green doesn't give you any advantage in making the green cycle. Researchers tracked volunteers and found those who stopped close to cars in front of them, and therefore closer to traffic lights, gained no advantage over drivers who stopped at a distance of up to 25 feet, because the tailgaters had to resume traffic speed at a slower pace to establish space between the cars in front of them. Leaving enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you at a traffic light reduces the risk of colliding with the car in front of you if you are rear-ended or if your car lurches forward.  A good rule of thumb is to stop so you can easily see the rear bumper of the car in front of you at a traffic light.

SOURCE: Newser

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