Posts

Showing posts from September, 2009

Experiment

Image
I performed a little experiment in traffic today...
Karl and I were caravanning home. I was in front and came upon a yellow light--I could have stopped, but I also had plenty of time to drive safely through. Knowing that my husband would not have time to drive legally through the intersection, and knowing that he is a rule follower, I knew that if I went ahead, he would not follow. I decided to go through just to see how much of a difference this would make in the time it took each of us to get home. This intersection was the busiest and biggest one on our trip; it requires patience to wait through it. Not only does it take a long time, but also the timing of getting through that light can affect your flow rate of the half-dozen lights to follow. Therefore people are constantly trying to beat the buzzer, and consequently running the red-light in process. And also just as frequent are the drivers BEHIND the buzzer-beaters who rush through after it has clearly turned red, as if followin…