From all traffic light colors, yellow seems to be the most controversial. Some drivers say that it means stop, others say go, and the funny ones say “green means go, yellow means go faster”. The truth is that a yellow light gives the driver the decision whether to stop or go, and that decision must be made with the road situation in consideration. During a driving test, yellow lights can make the difference between passing and failing. Driving students make many mistakes when they see a yellow light, and some of them repeat more than others.
One very serious mistake is not stopping when possible. A yellow light requires drivers to stop if safe to do so. Some driving students, eager to get the test over with, accelerate when the light turns from green to yellow. If they are lucky, they will cross the intersection at yellow light. If they are unlucky and the light turns red, this foolish rush to the intersection will count as running a red light, a mistake that will lead to a failure for sure.
The opposite mistake to the one mentioned above is stopping when unsafe. If a driver can’t stop safely before the limit line, he should not try to stop. Many driving students are afraid to run a red light and stop at the moment they see a yellow light. Sometimes this is done when they are too close to the intersection, which causes them to stop inside the intersection. This is highly dangerous and could lead to a mark for unnecessary stop, or worse, the critical error of dangerous maneuver.
Left turns on traffic lights raise many issues when it comes to yellow lights. Some places require drivers to enter the intersection before turning left. Usually there is only a small number of cars allowed in the intersection at once. When the light turns yellow, some driving students don’t know how to react in this situation. Some students enter the intersection when they are outside of it, while others remain inside and don’t clear it. Both actions are wrong and can lead to failure.
There is one solution to these yellow light mistakes: a guide that shows how to behave with traffic lights and yellow lights in particular. A guide like this can show driving students the right way to react to different situations, something that is essential in order to pass a driving test.