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Green Means Go

2008-04-13

Category: General

A quick drive through LibertyBob's world shows that there is room for an ongoing series of lessons in the safe and polite operation of motor vehicles. We will start today with what to do when stopped at an intersection and the traffic light that told you to stop has turned from red to green.

Green means go.

If there are no remaining obstacles in or headed to the intersection, you may go.

To go, take your foot off of the brake pedal and place it on the accelerator pedal and gently push the accelerator pedal away from you. This action, through a series of linkages, will give your vehicle more fuel which will allow your vehicle to go.

Now, you try.

There's the green light.

Look carefully for any obstacles in the intersection or headed toward the intersection. Wait until the obstacles are no longer in your way.

Take your foot off the brake pedal and place it on the accelerator pedal.

Gently push the accelerator pedal away from you.

Do you feel that? You're going!

Now you know what to do the next time the traffic light turns green.

There are more advanced variations of this procedure. The most common one is that your vehicle may have a manual transmission that requires that you operate a clutch pedal as well as the brake and accelerator pedals. These vehicles should be left to more advanced drivers who have already mastered concepts such as "Green Means Go." If you are unsure, consult with your local traffic enforcement agency or police station. Police are very friendly and helpful in matters of safe driving.


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