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Traffic Signal Rules in India – Traffic Light Rules

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Traffic Signal Rules in India – Traffic Light Rules

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Traffic signals are given out by devices that are mostly placed at important locations such as busy intersections to regulate the flow of traffic, which includes everything from heavy commercial vehicles and cars to bicycles and pedestrians. However, these signals come with some rules associated with them. Basically, the traffic signal rules form the very backbone of these signs and following them is vital for ensuring smooth and risk-free road travel.

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Traffic Signal and its Rules

A traffic signal is used as an instructing device that indicates the road user to act according to the displayed sign. Following the traffic signal ensures road safety and to make things simple to understand, these signals have been using a universal colour code.

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Red-light traffic rules

Red is generally the sign of danger or warning and on traffic lights, it signals potential hazard ahead and hence, is an indicator for the motorists to stop. Also, you can turn left in a red signal only if there is a sign to do so. Also, when doing so, you need to give the right of way to pedestrians and vehicles that would be coming from opposite directions.

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Red Arrow

A traffic signal that many aren’t aware of is the red arrow, which basically means to stop until the green arrow appears. Also, a turn to the left or in any other direction, for that matter, can’t be made when this signal is being displayed.

Flashing RED Light

A flashing red light indicates the same as the stop light, which is, basically, top stop. Once you have stopped, you can proceed ahead after making sure there’s no obstacle in your path.

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Yellow traffic light rules

A yellow traffic light is a warning signal that lets you know that the red signal is about to be displayed. Hence, when you see the yellow light, you should start slowing down to come to a stop in anticipation of red light. Also, in case, for any reason, you can’t stop, then you should look out for vehicles that might be entering the intersection around the same time.

Yellow Arrow

A yellow arrow indicates that the red arrow is about to be displayed. One should stop on seeing this sign unless he is already in the intersection.

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Flashing Yellow Light

A flashing yellow light is basically a warning signal to make the road users alert and slow down if needed.

Green Light traffic Rules

Just like a red light corresponds to danger and STOP, the green light signals safety and the word GO. However, just to play it really safe, you should first let any vehicle remaining in the intersection pass before you go ahead.

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Green Arrow

A green arrow means GO, but first you must make sure any vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian who is still in the intersection passes safely through it. Also, a green arrow that points right or left will let you make a protected turn.

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FAQs

Q: How do traffic signals work?                             

A: A traffic signal setup includes controller, traffic lights and detection. The controller works as the ‘brain’ of the entire setup and has the information that is required to make sure the lights work as per the required sequences. Traffic signals can run under a variety of different modes which can be dependent on location and time of day.

Q: What are the types of traffic signals?                             

A: There are 6 types of signals, viz- Traffic Control Signals, Fixed time signals,
Manually operated signals, Traffic actuated (automatic) signals, Pedestrian signals, Special traffic signals.

Q: Do you have to stop at a yield sign at a red light?                      

A: If you are driving in the correct direction and a yield sign is there, then you don’t need to stop, but let the oncoming traffic and pedestrians pass. If your turning right at an intersection that is lacking a dedicated right turn lane separated by an island and the intersection has a stop line you must stop before the line, then make the turn when its free of oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Q: Can you yield on a red light?                             

A: A red signal light means STOP. A U-turn can be made at the time of a red light only if it is allowed to do so. Also, you can’t turn in case there is a No U-turn sign displayed.

Q: How many cars can turn left on a yellow light?                          

A: There is no limit to the number of cars that can pass on a yellow light but one should ensure that he stops before the zebra crossing on seeing the yellow light. One can safely pass through the intersection if the yellow light is displayed after the motorist has already entered the intersection.

Q: Can I turn left on a yellow light?                      

A: In case the green light is lit and you are already in the intersection, and then the light turns yellow or even red, for that matter, you will need to complete your turn.

Q: What happens if you run a yellow light and it turns red?                       

A: Technically, if a driver accelerates to get through a yellow light when they could have stopped, they’ve disregarded the signal. If they continue through the yellow light and it turns red while they are in the intersection, and they could have safely stopped, they disregarded the signal.

Q: What if the light turns red while you’re in the intersection?                         

A: In case the light turns red while you’re already in an intersection, you need to quickly drive to the other side to ensure there’s no hazard of a collision with traffic coming from other directions. In case you have just entered the intersection and the light has turn red, you need to stop.