Ratburger, I’m interested in your take on this. If an individual from the distant past, say the 1600’s, was plunked down in one of our cities, how long would it take he or she to grasp our traffic system just by riding around in the car with one of us? This is assuming that our driver is obeying all the rules, of course, and not sailing through stop signs like they do out here.
Also, I’m sure there would be variables with each time traveler: is he/she literate, noticing of color, English-speaking ? Let’s assume that our candidate is all three. However, imagining an illiterate peasant, as many of our ancestors likely were, might be even more to the point.
Along these lines, what are some of our weaker traffic laws that should be abolished? For me, left turn on green in areas with heavy traffic is both frustrating and foolhardy. There should always be green arrows for left turns, not go-at-your-own risk green lights or those blinking yellow arrows that have cropped up around here lately.