Failure to yield the right-of-way causes almost every intersection collision. Teach your teen to avoid a crash and a ticket by sticking to your state’s rules of the road and always yielding the right-of-way. Practice these guidelines for traffic lights on your next drive.
1. Green lights
- As you approach an intersection where the light has been green for a while, teens should be prepared for the light to change. Have them take their foot off the accelerator, cover the brake with their right foot and be prepared to stop.
- When a red light turns green, before proceeding, teens need to check that traffic has stopped. They should look left, then right and then scan before they proceed.
2. Yellow lights
- Remind teens that a yellow light does not mean they should jam the accelerator to the floor and fly through it. A yellow light allows you time to clear the intersection when you’re already driving through it, not when you’re approaching it.
3. Red lights (turning on red)
Turning right on a red light is allowed only when conditions are suitable and when:
- Your state permits it.
- No sign prohibits a right turn on red.
- The car has come to a complete stop in the extreme right lane.
- Pedestrians are clear of the crosswalk.
- Traffic is clear.