Stopping on Yellow 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 12:32 PM - Extra Christy, Radio
I just passed my Ohio driver's license test for the third time. (I keep moving in and out of the state. I guess Ohio wants to make sure I didn't forget how to drive while I was in the wilds of Indiana and backwaters of Pennsylvania.)

One thing that seemed new to me on the exam was that yellow on a traffic light didn't mean "Caution" but "Clear the Intersection". It seems drivers are supposed to stop on a yellow traffic light. It is not a warning to speed up to beat the red! The yellow signal is only to give cars already in the intersection time to clear it.. Who knew! Jeff Bridges in Starman sums up America's driving practice: "I watched you very carefully. Red light stop. Green light go. Yellow light go very fast"

I've been trying to stop on yellows now. It is surprisingly tough habit to break! (I also worry about the brakes of the cars following me!) It is strange that a signal meant for clearing out is often interpreted as encouragement for rushing in!

I have found that stopping on the yellow is a more calm way to drive. Maybe stopping for warnings instead of trying to beat them is a more calm way to travel through life as well.

Rushing in Instead of Clearing Out

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." - Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)

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