Traffic light rules in India and what should you know about them?

There are traffic light rules all over the world and citizens should be aware of them. Even after long sensitization, people flout the rules and there are traffic accidents, people jumping signals and there are hit-and-runs.


There are some basic rules you need to know about traffic lights. These are also known as traffic lights. There are red-green-yellow signals on the roads and they universally mean the same thing. There are other things you need to know besides traffic light colors.


  • Operation of traffic lights

A traffic light consists of the controller, the sensor and of course the lights. The rules governing traffic rules are the same all over the world but the technologies are quite different. The lights change depending on the time of day but that’s the basic lighting. It needs some modifications as the technology used here is very old and traditional. The lights do not change depending on the particular traffic flow at different times of the day. When the red light shines longer than necessary in light traffic, it will test motorists’ patience. They might tend to break the rule because they see it as a waste of time waiting for the red light to turn green. It does not turn green as the lights were fixed once in the morning and there is no mechanism to adjust them as the day progresses.

If one uses newer technology for traffic lights, one can overcome the above mentioned problems of lights freezing in a particular mode. Some sensors and equipment can detect the flow of people and vehicles on the road and they can direct lights to turn on or off at varying frequencies. It will stop the red light phenomenon remaining on when there is no traffic. This system of sensors used in traffic lights is quite expensive. This is the reason why this system is not commonly used in a country like India. If one looks at the traffic scenario on Indian roads, especially due to the increase in population, one can think of applying modern technologies for traffic regulation despite the cost involved.


  • Traffic signal for control

This signal is the best known. Traffic signals are based on three different colors. The red light indicates that you must stop. Green means there is not much traffic in that area and you can proceed. The yellow or amber color is somewhere between red and green. This means you can proceed with caution and be prepared to stop as soon as a red light comes on. There are places in some cities where the lights are operated manually. It is carried out by the traffic police.


  • Signals for pedestrians

Pedestrian signals are used in unison with traffic lights for motorists. These signals are very useful for both pedestrians and motorists. Pedestrians know exactly when to start crossing the road on the zebra crossing and how much time they have. It is also good for vehicles because as long as the pedestrian signals are red, there is no chance of someone suddenly coming into the midst of moving vehicles. Blows and accidents can be avoided to a large extent.


If the arrow signal flashes red or stays red, it means stop going in the direction of the arrow. If the luminous arrow is green, we can go in this direction. The yellow arrow means the red arrow will appear soon, so beware of traffic. In addition to this, there are flashing signals during the early hours of the morning when motorists should drive very carefully although there are not many vehicles on the road.

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