How to Hit More Green Lights

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How to Hit More Green Lights
Does it ever seem that when you’re running late, you hit every red light? Or, when you really need a red light so you can pick up that pickle that fell out of your burger, all you get are green lights? It turns out that there is a simple secret to many traffic lights.

Traffic engineers are those folks tasked with moving all of us around the city as efficiently as possible. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t want you sitting at lots of long red lights, because stopped traffic causes congestion, wastes gas, increases carbon monoxide, and gets some people lathered up in red light rage.

So what is the key to getting more green lights on your commute?
Surprisingly, it is as simple as going the speed limit. It turns out that on many major arteries in most cities, going at or just below the speed limit will help you get more green lights. Gunning it from one light to the next puts you ahead of the light’s cycle and usually makes you get more red lights.
This doesn’t always work, because sometimes, emergency vehicles, traffic entering from side streets, or large volumes of traffic heading to or coming from special events can throw your timing off on the thoroughfares.

Another tip we discovered involves “tripping” the lights.

Have you ever stopped at an intersection with no one else around, and the light seems to “know” that you are there? That is because many intersections use a loop detector, which is a wire positioned under the pavement to detect when a car is above it. Once the car is detected, an electric field is created that signals the light to change. If you stop too far into the intersection or not close enough, you can miss the detector. Your best bet is to stop about a foot behind the white line as shown in this video that explains how bicyclists can trigger a green light:

 

The Anatomy of the 2017 Ridgeline

Here are a couple of videos that should give you an idea as to the versatility, Comfort and ruggedness of the all new and redesigned 2017 Ridgeline. Available with ‘Honda Sensing’. Take it anywhere with AWD (all wheel drive). You will find features that you might not know existed, like in bed speakers for your tailgate parties! You’ll love the spacious cabin with tons of  storage available and don’t forget the in bed trunk!

 

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