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Old 05-18-2011, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read many posts here about people on the open freeway cruising,and minding their own business at 50-55mph. then Suddenly having inattentive speeders way above any speed limit creating dangerous near crash situations. When I go out of town on a trip, I take a VERY thin Flagger's mesh vest, and hang only the mid length sleeves out below my hatchback. It is that very visable green w orange stripes and silver reflectorized stripes. Since only the sleeves are hanging out; it doesn't strain the weather gasket,and won't leak rain in. It's the same vest I wear always on my motorcycles. Just make sure its not covering any of your rear lights. It should fit most any veh.; even just below a closed tailgate on a PU. In the past; I have made a homemade white reflector arrow pointing to the left mounted on the rear window of the PU canopy/cap...whatever you like to call it. I don't do wholesale white and red reflects because too much portrays a weak, fearful image! Be crafty; subtle! I do like those last mentioned colors on the rear license plate frame. In conclusion, I like rear red foglights as per late OLDs Aurora, on many, many Jag sedans, and on some newer Audi's. These are all 2 light apps. usually placed below the regular taillights. I ordered a HELLA unit from Europe that took several months to arrive. I prefer a single light on the right rear mostly aimed toward the fogline. It has special mirrors inside that amp the light, and the bulbs are average and cheap! I have no wish to blind anyone. I used it in the daytime as a rear guard w/o having to use parking lights or anything. At night, I would only use it on open multi-lane roads where MUCH FASTER traffic is always flying up. I don't generally use at all on 2 lanes or when freeway traffic behind you is close to your speed. I'm sure it would be easy to cobble up some mount under the bumper 2 filament (brakelight level) bright setup for cheap w a toogle switch! If THE MAN (in this case probably having not seen many lights like this) hassles you; be sure to mention the cars above being stock, and you are simply upgrading for safety!

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Have you installed one of those "flashing" stop lights? That's one of my never-completed projects. I try to enterntain my "followers" :



At night the words and numbers reflect.

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Over here it's illegal to add extra lights or white reflective material to the rear of a car - then the EU goes and mandates white or yellow contour markings on trucks ...
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Flashing lights and any while light on the back of the car is illegal in the US some states they can even pull you over if your license plate light hangs to low reflecting light backwards.
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Flashing lights and any while light on the back of the car is illegal in the US some states they can even pull you over if your license plate light hangs to low reflecting light backwards.
Good point. Mercedes has gotten a waiver to have flashing third brake lights as an experiment, and I have seen flashing third brake lights on Corvettes. The mechanism will flash for five seconds and then just stay red. I have also seen motorcycles with flashing brake lights.

Sooooooo, check your state regs.

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I've been reading up on many western states vehicle codes, and many say it's ok to have an amber brakelight! If you remember, many Oldmobiles in the early '80's during their diesel fiasco; would do the above. I don't know if on purpose, or a screw up!

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