What NOT to do at a Stoplight (in North Carolina)


Almost every time we get behind the wheel, we end up waiting at at least one stoplight. Stoplights are essential to manage the flow of vehicles and ensure safety on our roads. Here are some key things NOT to do at a stoplight in North Carolina:

Don't Run it: This one should be obvious, but it’s a big one. Running a red light is not only illegal but also dangerous. It can lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. Always come to a complete stop when the light turns red, even if it has only been red for a few seconds.

Avoid Distractions: Refrain from texting, scrolling social media, or any other distractions. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, even at stoplights. Stay focused on the road and be prepared to react when the light changes.

Don't Block the Intersection: It's important not to enter an intersection unless you can completely clear it on the other side. Blocking intersections can impede the flow of cross traffic and create gridlock, leading to frustration and congestion for everyone.

Be Calm: Resist the urge to honk excessively while waiting at a stoplight. Aggressive behavior can escalate tensions and increase the risk of accidents. Stay patient and courteous towards everyone else on the road.

Yield to Pedestrians: At intersections with crosswalks, always yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street. Be vigilant and respectful of pedestrians' right of way.

Stoplights can be frustrating. They slow you down, and can feel like they take forever to change. But, by following these guidelines and avoiding common mistakes, you can help reduce accidents, prevent injuries, and contribute to a better traffic experience for everyone.