Date: 31 Aug 2006 15:50:17 -0700
From: "Jon R. Pickens" <>
Subject: Re: Daytime running lights...what's the deal?

I have been "flashed" a few times... Usually by someone who feels that my travelling 10mph over the posted speed limit isn't quite fast enough. If I see someone coming up faster than me, I'll usually move over. But if someone comes up and flashes...well they can just wait for a break in traffic in the next lane, and go around that way. I unfortunately don't have a "gentle" response for that sort of rude behavior... Perhaps I might feel better about it if the folks that do that sort of thing didn't feel the need to come within 3 feet of my rear bumper at 80mph. I've found that the brakes in my mean 1986 Chevy Blazer (full-size) work *quite* well at those speeds, and in that vehicle I often use the above mentioned situation as a good time to test them. Sounds like the folks in the UK still have road manners...something people here in the US, particularly my town, lost a long time ago. ~jp Johannes wrote: > Doug Schwarz wrote: > > The purpose of that is so you can flash someone in front of you -- > > usually as a gentle reminder that you'd like to pass. Here in the US > > I'm not sure everyone knows what it means, but I have used it > > occasionally. > > But flashing the headlights at a car in front is not part of the UK > Highway Code, it's usually seen as aggressive. Flashing is sometimes > used for prompting someone out from a junction, but again this is not > official and hence dangerous to rely on.

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