How long does a yellow light last?

I hate getting to the middle of an intersection as the stoplight turns yellow! I can never get the timing down, so I’m always paranoid that a traffic camera’s going to give me a ticket for running a red light. How long does a yellow light last?

Melanie Mergen · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yellow lights at an intersection can really be anxiety-inducing for that very reason! How long a yellow light lasts at a traffic light varies from city to city, which could be part of the reason you have difficulty nailing the timing on them.
Federal guidelines recommend that yellow lights last between 3 and 6 seconds.
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