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Old 11-06-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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ICC switch

I know this is gonna be one of those "duh" moments... but, here goes. What is the ICC rocker switch on my dash for? It doesn't appear to do anything when I press it ???

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Old 11-06-2015, 02:29 PM   #2
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Something like "Interstate Commerce Communications" or ???

It is the switch that blinks your headlights and running lights to indicate that it is safe for the passing vehicle to move back over or thanks for someone giving you that signal.
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ICC stands for Interstate Commerce Commission. It was absorbed into the U.S. DOT In the early 70's. It was responsible for regulating commercial trucking among other things.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:07 PM   #4
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The ICC switch only blinks the clearance lights (which were mandated by the Interstate Commerce Commission, hence the name) at the top front and rear of the coach. You probably have a separate switch to flash the headlights.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:46 PM   #5
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Coaches with Smart Wheel, have the ICC switch built into the steering wheel. When your running lights are off, it turns them on. When the running lights are on, it turns them off. Same with the headlights.
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:47 PM   #6
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The ICC switch is a momentary switch to blink the running lights. It has been used by truckers for years as a "thank you" for flashing headlights to show they are ready to have you move over in lane changes. The whole flashing headlights thing has somewhat diminished in recent years and has been now discouraged in formal training classes. ( a liability thing supposedly ) You signal to move over, they flash an "ok", you hit the icc a couple times to say "thank you". Newer trucks don't have them in many cases so drivers will give the 4ways a couple flashes to say "thanks".
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My dad was a truck diver for more years than I can remember. He taught me how to tell the trucking company by the configuration of the lights (lee way vs transcon. vs CF, etc) I swear he could call them a mile away. LOL He taught me to signal for clearance on large trucks early on and I still do it today even when I am in my car. I don't always get the courtesy flash back nowadays but I still do it. The convex mirrors on RV's and large trucks make it difficult to gauge distance or depth so a quick double flash lets them know they are save to come back over in the right lane, a few flashes on the ICC back if you are the passer says thank you for the courtesy..... Nice to see it still used in todays all about me world.
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Thanks to all who replied... I will certainly be blinking my way down the road from now on... Good info to know
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Quote:
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It is the switch that blinks your headlights and running lights =
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cbeierl The ICC switch only blinks the clearance lights
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BigBadDad The ICC switch is a momentary switch to blink the running lights.
So.....no headlight flash?

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Old 11-07-2015, 10:30 PM   #10
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I've always wondered what that switch on my dash was for....now I know.
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Old 11-08-2015, 05:24 AM   #11
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Headlight flash is a double tap of the dimmer switch..

Which is kind of a false name cause though today High Beams and Low Beams tend to be the same power level, in the old days High beams were like 36 watts and low beams 50.. (I'm not sure of the numbers) so the low beams were actually BRIGHTER,, just focused differently.

ICC may only work when lights are ON to flash tail and marker (running) lights. or it may work no matter... I have never been convinced they work when I do not have the lights on already.

No problem. Always drive with lights on anyway.
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My SmartWheel has an ICC switch to flash the clearance lights and a headlight flash switch to flash the headlights. Both work with the lights on or off.
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Stand outside your rig.

Have someone else activate the switch.

Watch your lights.

Then you will know what your ICC switch does and does not do.
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Thanks for enlightening this Canadian about the mistery of an ICC switch. Had a RAM TD until May 15 and used my light switch to give signal. This is so much easier.Cheers
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