Stop Right There!


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I am aware that it has been a while since there has been a post on the blog. In my defense, I killed a lot of productive moments, because I couldn’t get over how weird the word stop is. Furthermore, I find myself pondering the question of this piece every time I am in my car.

Why are there stop signs at all? Why don’t we replace them with yield signs?

There are even articles explaining how to stop at an intersection. I can even recall in high school when my driving instructor spent ten minutes describing when a car is at a full stop, and when you can proceed to move again.

I always thought that stop signs are unnecessary because it already has an alternative that (I assume) everyone loves more that stop signs: Yield Signs!

A yield sign tells the driver to stop if there is other traffic in the area that might cause a crash. The cool thing about yield signs is, if there are no other cars in your way, you can just drive on through. How cool is that?

It is a stop sign that isn’t slowing people down but helping improve the amount of time it takes to get from one place to another. Can you imagine the improvement in time saved if we only had to deal with yield signs, and let drunk college kids keep all the (now) unused stop signs to hang in their apartments?

If an average person stops at ten stop signs a day, and there are 210 million drivers in the U.S., then that is 2.1 billion stops every day. Going further, if it takes a minimum 5 seconds to stop a car, and then drive again, that is 10.5 billion seconds a day we are not moving in this country, or 2,916,666.66 hours wasted a day in this country not moving because of stop signs.

If we were to remove all stop signs and replace them with yield signs you would:

  1. Waste less time for those who drive
  2. Still keep the safety of others first due to the rules of a yield sign already
  3. Improve the happiness of drivers
  4. Make the country richer.

By not wasting as much as prior stopping, people will not be wasting time screeching to a halt, when in some cases no one is there. However, still be safe to pedestrians and other drivers who have the right of way, so there is no alarm of less safety that the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies won’t sweat at.

The improvement of happiness can not be a more serious matter to discuss. It is widely known that there is a term already for angry drivers – road rage. Road rage has been a problem for many, and although my idea will not end road rage, it has a better chance of decreasing the odds of someone having road rage, then if we continue to have stop signs.

Finally, this will help the economy. With all that time potentially saved by yield signs, people will get to work faster; arrive at stores quicker, and home in a much more immediate pace. If people can be a work faster, then they can work more, and help their business have a higher likelihood of succeeding.

If people can shop quicker, then stores make more money and see a higher turnout rate everyday for shoppers walking through their doors. Continuing on, if people can get home and save time getting there, they can get work at home done faster as well.

The possibilities with all that lost time are nothing but positives that people should rightfully consider altering the signs on our roads. It may make only be a small difference, but we should be continuing to find avenues that improve our daily life where ever it may be.

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