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IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Why do people creep halfway through the intersection at stoplights?

Asked by IchtheosaurusRex (8661points) June 10th, 2009

A guy pulled up next to me at a stoplight this morning. Before the light turned green, he crept about halfway through the intersection. This happens rather often, at least around here. Now, you would expect these guys to take off like a jackrabbit, but they seldom do. In fact, they tend to accelerate rather slowly.

It pisses me off. I generally treat them to a whiff of tire smoke when they do this, but I can’t help wondering why they’re doing it at all.

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eambos's avatar


hearkat's avatar

I often ask myself this same question. Generally, the sensors in the road are visible, so if you are attentive, you will ensure that you trigger them and are able to stop behind the stop line.

Conversely, I also see people who stop more than a car-length behind the stop line, and have not set off the sensors, and that makes no sense, either. I realize that people cur their turns too tightly, but if your car is there (behind the stop line) they will go around you.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@eambos , but why do they drive like they’ve got a nail sticking up through their shoe otherwise? I’m impatient, which is why I’m usually going 60 miles an hour before the rest of the people at the intersection have their foot off the brake. But at least I wait until the friggin’ light changes.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex sometimes it is because there are blockages on the sides of the road. But not always. The ones that drive me nuts are the people that stop at a light, and then, creep up a few feet at a time while the light is still red. Where are they going, the light hasn’t changed yet? This is what causes accidents. If you are going to go, then effing GO! If you are stopped, then STOP, don’t creep up a few feet at a time. It serves no purpose, unless your purpose is simply to annoy those folks behind you.

I agree with you, I try to get away from them as fast as I can simply to keep them in my rear view mirror where I can keep an eye on them.

Mtl_zack's avatar

I do this if I’m turning and I don’t have a clear view.

hearkat's avatar

@Mtl_zack: You do it even while the light is still red?

Mtl_zack's avatar

@hearkat No, I do it when it’s green and the cars before the median are stopped, but the cars after the median are slowing down. I don’t do it that often.

hearkat's avatar

@Mtl_zack: Well that’s normal and usually a good idea if your visibility is limited. We’re wondering about the people who stop at a red light, then creep forward abit and stop, then creep forward a bit more and stop, etc. all while the light is still red.

Mtl_zack's avatar

@hearkat Oh, that is a bit weird. Maybe their foot got a bit tired and they released it from the brake for 2 seconds. Or maybe their brakes are screwed up.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra , yeah, those are the ones I am talking about. No discernible reason to move forward, e.g., obstructions, letting the car behind squeeze through to turn, etc. Sometimes they drive most of the way across the intersection before the light changes.

Blondesjon's avatar

They do it to piss you off man. @Mtl_zack told them all to do it.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@Blondesjon , they only piss me off if they get enough of a lead on me that way to cut me off. My car is pretty peppy up top, but I can’t get a really good launch out of it without taking a thousand miles off my clutch. Next ride I get is gonna have AWD and some torque, so I should be able to deal more effectively with the assholes then.

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