be prepared to slow down you never know what plonkers are going to try and skip a red light (especially if its a junction)
as with any junction or road change you should be prepared to slow down not just at traffic lights! we also need a at what point do you use your headlights poll as i cant believe the numbers of people around my area forgetting to turn them on at 4.30pm!
No DRL's but do have Auto Lights..
My car being Auto and the wifes being Manual is enough to remind me which one I am in...
Going to school the other day, a cyclist was behind me and even 400m away, his front light dazzled.
Last edited by laserblazer; 17th November 2013 at 11:17 AM.
Traffic lights are a Hazard, and you always approach a Hazard with caution. Generally this means proceed at a constant speed if it is safe to do so, whilst considering all other Hazards (weather conditions, is it a crossing point, etc).
There will be times when you have to speed up (within the constraints of the legal speed limits) once you are committed to passing through the lights, eg if they start to turn amber and it is unsafe to slow down to a clear stop before passing the stopping line.
It is considered safe practice to slow down when approaching a Hazard, to allow you sufficient time to assess it. When you slow down you become a Hazard yourself and must also take this into account.
See ... driving is an example that blokes *can* multi-task!
In my city the most of our trafficlights have numbers with countdown (hope I used this word correctly), so when you are near the crossroad you always can see the amount of time before the lights' chaning. it really helps make right decisions.
If there are no lnumbers on trafficlight, I ALAWAYS slow down. You can never know what other drivers can do, what is there in their minds. so it's better to get ready.
E_G_R2 (18th November 2013)
As a pedestrian who continually has to step back at lights here because of drivers who either think the red light doesn't apply, or they're simply not paying attention, I would like to say thank you to those of you paying attention and slowing down.
I see so many drivers who seem to think the amber light is a challenge!
Almost got hit by a range rover a few months ago - half way across the road, comes roaring through with a rather 'glam' looking older woman at the wheel, completely oblivious to the world around her. Did get hit when I lived in Lancaster, by a woman who was fiddling with lipstick when I was half way across the road. And a taxi driver who looked infuriated that I existed...
It isn't like I just dive into the road as soon as the lights change either. I always check both directions to make sure its safe, so some of these drivers are travelling far too fast for the location.
- Fog Lamps when not need
- Sitting on your brake lights instead of applying the handbrake and taking the car out of gear
- These stupid sodding DLR/Front Fog/Spotlamps that sit on the front bumper...
The above 3 things REALLY annoy me!
IMHO DLR = Lazy! Just remember to put your sodding headlights on - it's not friggin' difficult (hint: if you dashboard / radio / ancillary controls are dark - your headlights aren't on! )
They blind / dazzle me when they approach with them on (even more so when they also have their headlights on FULL BEAM too ).
From behind (this mainly applies to the tailgating sub-species) and they have these on but NOT their headlamps, I cant alwasy see said moron eejit due to the location of these things and the lack of headlamps.
Rear fog lamps & "Sticky Brake Lamp Syndrome" are another cause of dazzling - especially when its dawn/dusk..
Manufacturers instruction for auto-boxed cars "hold the car on the foot brake".Rear fog lamps & "Sticky Brake Lamp Syndrome" are another cause of dazzling - especially when its dawn/dusk..
But AMEN to Fog Lights; mine switch off with the engine, and need to be re-selected when turning back on, why not all of them?
I can see that they might be a problem for bikes but I think they can be useful - my last car was dark grey and almost invisible against the tarmac.
Last edited by witch; 18th November 2013 at 10:42 AM.
If it's a pedestrian controlled crossing, then there is a sensible delay between the red light and the green man. If you are having regular problems with vehicles as you attempt to cross, then they are either seriously jumping red lights (which I doubt) or you are pre-empting the green man, which is just as bad.As a pedestrian who continually has to step back at lights here because of drivers who either think the red light doesn't apply, or they're simply not paying attention, I would like to say thank you to those of you paying attention and slowing down.
However, that said, the red light is still a red light. Which means cars are supposed to have stopped anyway!
Last edited by localzuk; 18th November 2013 at 10:55 AM.
Wow, you lot are lucky to live in places where you get to make decisions like that.
Round here its just a decision whether to crawl over the lights or not
I already have my DRLs. They're called Side Lights, funnily enough they've been around for a very long time
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