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Amber Traffic Lights

Amber Traffic Lights

Traffic lights are there to control traffic flow at busy or slightly complicated junctions, they are often situated at crossroads but can appear at different types of junctions such as T-junctions and even roundabouts sometimes.

The amber light sometimes causes confusion, it means that you should prepare to stop and actually stop your vehicle, unless you are too close to stop safely.  In some cases, such as in the UK, it will shine amber just before it goes green and in this case you can get ready to move off but you shouldn't move until the light has fully changed to green.

The flashing amber light means you may proceed but you must give way to pedestrians and the flashing amber arrow means you may go in the direction of the arrow but only if there is no traffic on the other roads adjoining the junction.

Be careful approaching a stale green light, this is one that has been green for a long time, it could easily go amber and then red so drive at a pace that you are able to react.

Please check out my video on amber traffic lights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DiagtWRok

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Pedestrian safety on the roads

Pedestrian safety on the roads

As a driver, dealing with the unpredictability of pedestrians can be a challenging task.  They are liable to do anything on the roads and can be quite a hazard to drivers, especially inexperienced learners.  Of course not every pedestrian goes out to be a nuisance on the roads, in some cases drivers need to be more alert and aware.  I write this after reading the tragic news that a woman in Mayo has become the 5th person to be killed on Irish roads this year (2015).  So without going into any individual case, it reminded me how vulnerable some people are and how careless others are.

As an Instructor, I have seen many cases of pedestrians acting in a cavalier manner on the roads.   For example, crossing a busy road without looking (unless you include looking into their mobile phone screen), young lads pushing their pals off the path, casual walking/running on a road even though there is a perfectly functioning footpath available, criss crossing in between parked cars instead of walking further to use the pedestrian crossing or calmly crossing a street on a bend or corner while listening to music.  It seems certain pedestrians have an air of invincibility about them, and this can be especially true of young men and teenage boys and drunk people.

Almost two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities occur at night and in many cases such accidents could be prevented or alleviated if the person was to be wearing a high visibility vest or reflective armbands.  At night a driver will not see a pedestrian as soon, even though the pedestrian may see and hear the car.  It's important to see but also to be seen, so wearing high visibility clothing and carrying a torch could be a life saver.

Drivers should always be alert for pedestrians, especially in the early to mid afternoon when the schools are finishing.  Try watch their body language, for example a look over the shoulder could indicate a person is about to cross the road, or if two large groups of people are meeting each other one of the group could temporarily use the road to get past, plan ahead by slowing down or moving out to the right a little bit if it's safe.  If driving on a street with a lot of parked cars, try look under the cars briefly for shadows or feet, or through the windows of parked cars as you may see the outline of a person.  A driver should be constantly scanning ahead and not engaging in tunnel vision or focusing on the one thing too much.

In summary pedestrians should not just barge out on the road, be careful, stop, look, listen.  Drivers need to understand that people are vulnerable on the road.   Mutual respect goes a long way.

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