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Learner confused after being told to continue at red light

Rashi Agarwal

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A learner driver was left confused after being told to continue driving at a red light - and TikTok users are equally baffled.

In a video shared by driving school Clear View Driving, learner Erin tried to slow down her car as she approached the red light. However, she was quickly prompted by her instructor to continue driving.

In the video, the driving instructor said: "It's not for you."

Erin replied: "But it's a red light.


The instructor answered: "No, this red light doesn't apply to you.

"But, I will get into that in a second."

Would you stop at this light? Credit: TikTok/@clearviewdriving
Would you stop at this light? Credit: TikTok/@clearviewdriving

Later, when a pedestrian was crossing, the instructor said: "Don't rush, just let him cross."


TikTokers were as confused as Erin as to why she shouldn't have stopped

One said: "I'm an experienced driver and that would confuse me a lot. I would like to know to who that applies."

Another user who understood Erin's confusion said: "I can understand why she thought that."

A third who pointed out: "So why the traffic light is facing the car is confusing."


A fourth wrote: "Who's [the red light] for then?"

Another added: "I've been driving for 10 years. I would have stopped."

Thankfully, the driving instructor was on hand to explain in more detail why Erin shouldn't have stopped.

There's a simple explanation why Erin shouldn't have stopped. Credit: TikTok/@clearviewdriving
There's a simple explanation why Erin shouldn't have stopped. Credit: TikTok/@clearviewdriving

She told the Sun Online: "In that clip, we were mid-turn when Erin noticed the red light.

"But the red light was not for us; it was for traffic that's already on the main road; they were waiting in the distance outside the junction behind us.

"That red light is known as a repeater traffic light, which only applies to the traffic already facing that light. My learner noticed it once we turned in.

"If there were traffic behind us as we stopped, then that would block the junction completely.


"The vehicles behind us could also get into a collision as they are not expecting to stop there.

"We should not stop at that point as there is no solid line as we are in the junction."

Some TikTokers were also clued into why this particular set of traffic lights didn't apply to Erin.

One wrote: "Look at rear view mirror, it's for the junction behind them."

Another wrote: "Show the footage of the driver moving off at the green light turning right and then you'll all go, 'WHY THE HELL ARE YOU STOPPING!'"

Well, this is something to remember the next time you're out on the road.

Topics: TikTok, Driving

Rashi Agarwal
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