General rules for navigating traffic
When you get behind the wheel and venture out into the traffic, the presence of the mind plays an important role in your safety. Here are four things to keep in mind in traffic:
- Stay awake and focused on your driving. Do not let your mind wander, even if you are completely stuck in a traffic jam. Be aware of your surroundings so that you can react quickly in all situations.
- Keep a safe distance from the car forward. A lot of stops and starts take place in heavy traffic. You can reduce the risk of collision by keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. And remember that the faster you travel, the more space you need to stay.
- Try to be patient. Road rage and aggressive driving have caused many tragic accidents. If you are crawling along or at a dead stop due to road construction or an accident ahead, listen to good music, think positive thoughts or do whatever it takes to stay cool.
- Use your turn signals. If you need to change lanes or turn left or right, use your turn signals to let other drivers around you know your intentions. Otherwise, they may not respond in time to avoid a crash.
What to do when a stop light goes out
A power failure can put the stop light out of operation, leaving drivers with flashing red lights in all directions. In this situation, treat the stop light as a four-way stop. The rules are simple:
- The first vehicle to arrive at the intersection goes first.
- If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time, go to the right first.
- If two vehicles driving in the opposite direction arrive at the same time, they can both continue straight through the intersection at the same time. If one of the drivers turns left, it gives the driver after the driver going straight.
- All drivers at the intersection must give way to pedestrians.
Drivers do not always know these rules, so you should not assume that other drivers know the rules. As you approach an intersection with traffic interruptions, make sure other drivers stop completely before continuing.
When the power goes out, flashing red lights are generated by backup power, which can last for up to eight hours. If the power is not restored within that time, the signals go out completely. The intersection should also be treated as a four-way stop in this situation.
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