STOP signs aren't GREENSubmitted by ChristianAnarchist on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:56
Stop signs waste fuel and are not "green"... I've made it my personal mission to educate people about the uselessness and waste that is the "Stop Sign" in western culture. I've never done the math but if you add up all the times people stop at a stop sign in a year across this country I know that the fuel that is wasted by performing a full stop and then re-accelerate would be way over millions of gallons of wasted fuel.
I've spent a good bit of time in China over the last 20 years and it wasn't until perhaps my 6th trip over there that I noticed that there were NO stop signs!! Well I had seen the great amount of traffic flowing all across China and it was obvious from my first encounter with moving around any road in China that vehicles manage to get around fine without hardly ever stopping (unless there's a red light or traffic jam). It really hit me hard when I realized that the Stop Sign is completely absent in China. For several years I started looking every time we traveled trying to find the elusive stop sign. Oh, eventually I saw a couple. They were usually at a check point or entrance to a private gated community where the guard could check your parking pass, but I couldn't find any conventional "intersection" stop sign.
I started wondering "how is it that there is not death and mayhem at every intersection (and there are billions of intersections)?" The Chinese are pretty crazy drivers and I actually like the style of driving there because it is very "anarchistic". Yet somehow these billions of drivers manage to go home to their families every night!! Something was wrong with what I'd been taught all these years about driving.
I started to think about stopping at every intersection. I'd long felt stupid stopping for an intersection at 2am when there's no one around for miles. And it really annoys me when I come to an intersection about the same time as another car and we do the guessing game of who is going to go first. In China when a driver approaches an intersection they slow down and look for traffic. They spot where they can "barge" in and make their move. Cars seldom actually stop unless there's traffic in the way. This is a much better use of fuel than making millions of useless stops every day (not only wasting fuel but also additional wear on the brakes).
Then I remembered when I walked to school in the 60's and there were only a few stop signs. Most intersections would have a "Yield" sign for one direction and no sign for the other direction. This worked quite well. When a driver saw the yield sign they knew that the other road was the busier road and had the right of way over you. If there were cars entering the intersection you would "yield" to them and proceed when clear. It worked really GREAT!! How many intersections can you show me today that have a "Yield" sign at?? I can't think of any.
For at least the last 8 years now I've treated all STOP signs with disdain. I now NEVER do a full stop at intersections unless there's either a cop nearby to aggress against me for doing what is safe to do and for which there is NO victim or there's traffic that requires me to make a full stop.
In that time I've gotten only one ticket for failure to stop. It cost me $240. I would imagine that I've saved at least that much in fuel cost over the 8 years so I think it's about a wash. I would estimate that I've saved many hours on my traveling though and I cannot put a $$ value on that.
It's clear to me that the TRUE reason for the proliferation of stop signs over my lifetime is REVENUE!!
Sorry to be so long winded but I want as many people as will join me to start acting like you have a brain. STOP stopping at stop signs unless there's a good reason to stop. Slow down and look, if it's clear and no cop aggressors are nearby, save yourself some time and fuel and move on down the road!