Am I alone in noticing this? ( Her indoors says; “Yes”)
Ok, you are stopped at a red light somewhere in sunny ‘Berra. There is one car in front of you. You wait patiently for the lights to change, after several centuries the light goes green. The car in front moves forward an inch, stops, ……p-a-u-s-e-s……. then moves off.
It seems to be “de rigueur”, following the care free urge to proceed on green, to check that; “That light actually is green, it’s the one me for and my lane, and that yes it’s the one on the bottom, and it’s green, yep definitely green,” before pulling off. The number of times I’ve almost rear ended someone who was doing this pause, I would not care to count.
It can be spotted, though not as easily, if you are two cars back from the lights. Watch for it.
(Now that I’ve mentioned it of course, you will see it every time you stop at the lights, you may even find yourself doing it.)
Is it a mark of the overly cautious nature of Canberra drivers mayhap?
In the UK the shortest period of time which can be measured, is the time between the light going green and the car behind you barping his horn.
[Ed – known as the New York Second too]