Are drivers really clueless?

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    Survey: Many drivers are clueless- MSN Money

    85% of respondents got this one wrong

    2. You are approaching an intersection with a traffic signal and the light changes from green to yellow. You should:
    a. Consider it the same as a caution sign and continue through the intersection.
    b. Stop immediately.
    c. Stop before entering the intersection unless you are too close to stop safely.
    d. Speed up to get through the intersection before the light changes to red.


    The correct answer is supposed to be (c). I think anyone who has ever used our roads knows that if you stop at a yellow, you are likely to get rear ended by someone trying to make the light.

    85% of respondents know the correct answer is (a)
     
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    85% of the respondents answered correctly. Yellow doesn't mean stop.
     
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    The right answer may be a), or c), but I usually do d).
     
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    The key is "unless you are too close to stop safely". You also have to consider the oncoming left-hand turners who will gun it.
     
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    It is one of those things like driving 55 where 55 is the posted speed limit. If you follow the law, you are a safety hazard.

    The correct answer is C. IF you do that, you are going to get smacked.
     
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    An interesting side note: a recent study shows that red light cameras are increasing accidents at intersections. They encourage people to slam on the breaks when it is "not safe" in order to avoid a ticket.
     
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    Dat's cool, you can buy me a new car.
     
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    Depends on where you're at. If everyone else is going 55 you're fine. If everyone else is going 85 you're not.

    I read once that a study was done to see how drivers reacted to changed speed limits. They increased the speed limit on a section of road for a few months - then decreased it. what they found was surprising - the posted speed limit had little effect on the actual speed drivers went. When the speed limit was raised - drivers did not tend to go much faster - and vice versa. Their conclusion was that drivers will go whatever speed they feel is safe and ignore posted limits.
     
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    I rarely check my speedometer while driving, you have to take your eyes off the road. I have always gone with the flow of traffic or what I feel is safe for my car under current road conditions. I have never gotten a speeding ticket
     
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    I'm trying to understand your train of thought here... so you're driving down the road coming up to an intersection. The light turns yellow, and you see red lights from the car in front of you. You instinctively know this means the person ahead of you is braking, so your first thought is, "I'd better slam the gas and ram this sucker so I can make the light!"
     

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