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U.S.A. vs Serbia…… Stop Lights

10 Jan

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My friend picked me up at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia back in 2010.

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There were a few large Serbs and my scrawny ass crammed into a little red Yugo. We were on our way to my buddies house in a little village around Zrenjanin, Serbia. We stopped at a red light and were talking about pure randomness when I saw the light turn from red to yellow and then to green.us1 I found that so strange. The stop lights in the USA go from red to green. us I asked my buddies why they have the yellow before the light turns green. They thought my question was silly because they assumed all traffic lights were that way. 🙂 The more I live here, the more I think it’s a good thing. The VAST majority of Serbian automobiles are manual transmission while the VAST majority of American cars are automatic. The hardest part of driving a manual car, for most people, is getting it into 1st gear without killing it. Maybe the yellow light gives you that additional few seconds to get your car into gear without creating delays. It would also allow you some sort of break from staring at an “endless” red light. It might also allow you to shut your car off and save gasoline.

My opinion? Serbia wins this battle! 🙂

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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in USA vs Serbia

 

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8 responses to “U.S.A. vs Serbia…… Stop Lights

  1. Слободан

    January 10, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Now there is a new law, where going through a yellow light counts the same as going through a red one. Before that you could go through a yellow light. Bastards.

    P.S. When I have been in Italy, I have noticed that they have yellow light for pedestrians too.

     
    • cather76

      January 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      wow.. thanks for the info… a young lady just told me that The Netherlands goes from red to green like in the US.. strange.. 🙂

       
  2. somebody

    January 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Actually Charles, the light goes
    red – red+yellow – green and
    green – yellow – red.

     
  3. Stranada

    January 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Austria,Germany,Switzerland also have yellow light 🙂

     
  4. Boris

    January 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Charles just to say there is little difference with yellow, when is going to be red and green.
    When is red, yellow appears together with red light, and then just green. And when is green, and its going to be red, yellow appears by it self.

     
  5. Gloria

    March 8, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I live on the East Coast of the US and we have all 3 red, yellow and green.

     
  6. gorankx

    March 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    real purpose is to give more time to traffic from other direction to clear and also to give you enough time to stop on red light. There is also difference when changing lights, some blink few times, while others just go in order.

     
  7. bagins

    February 12, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    If you ever come to Poland be prepared for the same situation: traffic lights turn from red to yellow and then to green and 99% of cars are manual transmission 🙂

     

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