The start of red, not the end of green: the rule drivers keep getting wrong about yellow lights
Do you know the correct way to respond to a yellow light? Not properly understanding this simple road rule could result in a hefty fine.
Knowing what to do at traffic lights is one of the most important road rules for motorists. Even as children, an integral part of road safety is knowing that ‘red means stop’ and ‘green means go’.
When it comes to amber or yellow lights, however, some confusion remains within the community about what the yellow light really means and the correct way to respond.
VicRoads states that at a yellow light, motorists must “must stop unless you can't stop safely”. But what exactly does “stop safely” mean?
James Williams, Head of Policy at RACV, says that drivers should rethink how they view yellow lights.
“Motorists should view yellow lights as the start of the red, not the end of the green.”
“The only reason you can drive through a yellow light is if you are so close to the intersection that braking could either cause a crash or cause you to stop within the intersection.”