So I’ve just begun learning to drive, and I’m wonder about your opinion on the necessity following the rules of the road to the precise letter.
For example, my driving instructor was telling me that you are supposed to stay stopped for 3 seconds at a stop sign. Later my dad was explaining to me that this can be a bad idea, because the cars expect me to stop, observe, and then continue fairly quickly, and might be taken off guard if I sit there.
I was also informed that I should have a turn signal on for 200 feet, or 6 houses length before turning. Later, my dad was explaining that this can also be a bad idea in cramped and residential areas because it’s difficult to tell if I’m planning to turn into a driveway, or pulling over, or turning into an intersection a little ways up or an intersection farther up, ect.
I have also heard that there are certain situations on crowded highways and such (I haven’t gotten there yet so I’m not sure what it’s really like) where driving the speed limit can be dangerous, and going a few MPH over is recommended to keep up with the flow of traffic.
There are probably more examples that I can provide of this. I know we are obligated to follow the rules of the road and keep the safety of others in mind, but I do wonder if sometimes it’s not better to take a few liberties with the more “unspoken” rules of the road in mind.