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Old 02-26-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Need some advice from fellow motorhome drivers. In my car, I flash my high beams to let a truck \ RV know when they can move over into my lane. Now I have a motorhome with an ICC flash, do I use that to let the truckers know or still give the high beam flash? Just want to make sure I'm using the proper communication.

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Use your headlights for a vehicle passing you.

Use your ICC lights when you pass a vehicle to thank them for flashing their headlights.
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Another friendly use for the ICC Flash is to acknowledge an RV that you are meeting.
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I read on one of the sites recently that truckers no longer like you to flash the brights to let them know they are clear. They actually prefer that you turn your lights off and then back on. If that is true it is going to be a hard habit to break as I was taught years ago to flash the clear for anyone who had to use their outside mirrors. Not real sure why but the author was talking about it causing some temporary night blindness due to the nature of today lights. I still do it though and still get the ICC back from the drivers as a "thank you" most of time but not always. Here is one of the threads from a truckers forum: No more flashing! - Page 11 - Truckers Trucking Forum | Largest CDL Truck Driver Message Board
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:36 PM   #5
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The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) was a body that regulated RRs and Trucks it was abolished in the mid 90s and its functions transferred to the Surface Transportation Board.

The term ICC Flash is a holdover. It works by momentarily turning on your park/tail lights and marker lights if your headlights are off; if your lights are on it will momentarily turn them off. Just friendly signaling between strangers passing in the dark or light.

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Since I don't drive at night, I flash the driving lights (fog lights) to acknowledge a pass.

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Use your headlights for a vehicle passing you.

Use your ICC lights when you pass a vehicle to thank them for flashing their headlights.
This is how we were taught by our parents.
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Need some advice from fellow motorhome drivers. In my car, I flash my high beams to let a truck \ RV know when they can move over into my lane. Now I have a motorhome with an ICC flash, do I use that to let the truckers know or still give the high beam flash? Just want to make sure I'm using the proper communication.

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The best way is to turn off headlights off for 3 seconds, leaving your parking lights on, that way the front driver will get a "better view" in his or "Her " mirrors looking back at you....... 25 years driving truck.
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The "truckers forum" link confirmed my first thought on this -- that it was never a good idea to flash your high beams. I think we only do this in our cars because it's easier than turning the lights off, then back on, which is what truckers have always done.

Now that I have the ICC switch (in both motor homes we've owned), conveniently mounted on the Smart Wheel on the current one, I'm happy to use that instead.
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The best way is to turn off headlights off for 3 seconds, leaving your parking lights on, that way the front driver will get a "better view" in his or "Her " mirrors looking back at you....... 25 years driving truck.

I have been doing that for many years. The only problem today is most of the Truck Stop Truckers are Rude. (Truck driving School Graduates)They do not acknowledge, the fact, that you signaled them.
I don't mean to rant but if someone gives me the ICC flash as it's being refereed to I acknowledge them as a form of Thank You.

I am a retired truck driver 30 yrs, on the road.
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Seems like when I started driving in the 1950's on two lane roads you flashed hi-beams at night for a second to alert the vehicle in front of you that you intended to pass them. Many of the passed vehicles would turn off head lights for a second to let you know you had passed and (hopefully) you could return safely to the right lane. You could then flash hi-beams to "thank" them. After passing you also hugged the right shoulder so the driver of the passed vehicle had a better opportunity to see a bit around your vehicle.

As a carry over from the good old days I don't flash hi-beams to let a trucker know he is clear especially at night - I don't want one of them to think I am passing him. With my current RV, when it is in gear the head lights are on. The only way to acknowledge a vehicle is to flash hi-beam or flash fog lights. On freeways I don't flash fog lights at a trucker unless I see his face in his side mirror appearing to look back at me. I don't look at it as telling him it is safe to come into my lane but I look at it as letting him know I am aware he may be changing lanes.

While writing this it just came to me I could use the running lights as a signal. When in gear only the headlights are on so if I turn on (or off) the head light switch the marker and tail lights come on (or off) but headlights to not change. That would be the same effect as the ICC Flash, no?
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