From Eric Peters Autos:
"We" (as the statists always style it) waste a lot of fuel in this country. No doubt you've heard that one before. But let's examine the cliche from a slightly different perspective: The many ways via which the government wastes our fuel.
* Out-of-synch traffic lights:
Broad avenue, three or four traffic lights – each spaced say 500 yards apart as you proceed down the road. The first goes green just as the one up ahead turns red. Or vice-versa.
Writ small, a Clover Conga. Inch forward a bit – then stop and wait some more. It takes 15 minutes to clear a mile or so of road that – if the lights all went green at once – you could probably traverse in two minutes or so.
Writ large – extrapolated nationwide – a massive waste of gas as millions of car engines idle while the cars themselves go nowhere. The government itself concedes that as much as 10 percent of the fuel used by Americans each year is burnt up by cars idling uselessly at lights.
With all the AI-type computers and cameras everywhere, it surely can't be much of a technical challenge to coordinate traffic signals so they encourage free-flowing traffic as opposed to mucking up the flow of traffic. It's a no-cost solution to a real problem.
Which is probably why the government is doing nothing about it. Or rather, doing more to make it worse.
* Too many stop signs – not enough "proceed with caution" signs:
Other than it being "the law," is there any sensible reason for coming to a complete stop at an intersection where sight lines are open and you can clearly see there are no other cars in the immediate vicinity? Losing momentum – and having to regain it – wastes a tremendous amount of fuel. It does not take much...
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