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Based on the 2024 Driver Handbook

Which of the following responses is appropriate when approaching a steady yellow traffic signal?

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Which of the following responses is appropriate when approaching a steady yellow traffic signal?

  1. Slow down and stop, unless you are already in the intersection.
  2. Slow down and stop, always.
  3. Continue through the intersection carefully, always.
  4. Speed up to get through the intersection.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This question, or a similar one, may show up on your driver’s license written exam. 

The answer is: A. Slow down and stop, unless you are already in the intersection.

Did you get it right? Learn more about this answer below. 

Explanation: Yellow Traffic Lights.

In order to pass your DMV exams and to become a safe driver, it’s important to know the reason why a particular answer on the written test is correct. 

A yellow traffic light communicates that drivers should use caution because the light is about to change to red.

If you see a yellow light as you approach an intersection, you should slow down and come to a stop if it is safe to do so. 

However, if you are already in the intersection or entering the intersection as the light changes to yellow, you should proceed through the intersection carefully. 

You should never speed up to beat a red light. This can result in a traffic ticket or a collision with vehicles making an unprotected left turn

Whatever color the traffic signal is, you should always use caution when entering an intersection. 

Pedestrians may be crossing the street, drivers may run a red light, there may still be traffic in the intersection, or something else may make it more dangerous to cross the intersection. 

And remember, if there is not enough room on the other side of the intersection for you to clear it completely, you should not begin to cross, even if you have a green light. Blocking the intersection for any reason is illegal. 

You can find more information about this topic in the section about traffic lights in your driver’s handbook.

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