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Old 05-19-2020, 07:21 PM   #1
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I enjoy flashing truckers. You?

You enjoy flashing truckers?

I do! Lol.

Seriously, do you flash them?

I think they appreciate it!
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:40 PM   #2
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You enjoy flashing truckers?

I do! Lol.

Seriously, do you flash them?

I think they appreciate it!
I assume you mean flash them with your lights, not your open trenchcoat!

Seriously, yes I do. I drove a truck while in college and appreciated the courtesy. I do the same when in my car as well. What I have found, however, is that I get fewer responses from the truck driver, once he has pulled in, than I used to. Many, I think, aren’t even looking closely to see if they’ve cleared and just move over. It is nice to see a tail light flash of “Thanks” from the truck.
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I do! Lol.



Seriously, do you flash them?



I think they appreciate it!
I do, and I appreciate the ones that do it for me!
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I assume you mean flash them with your lights, not your open trenchcoat!

Seriously, yes I do. I drove a truck while in college and appreciated the courtesy. I do the same when in my car as well. What I have found, however, is that I get fewer responses from the truck driver, once he has pulled in, than I used to. Many, I think, aren’t even looking closely to see if they’ve cleared and just move over. It is nice to see a tail light flash of “Thanks” from the truck.


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Yes, I will flash my lights when a truck or RV pass me. Most drivers know how to drive and really don't need my help, but it does sends a message that another driver is watching out for them.
The time it does help is when there is an approaching vehicle behind the passing truck and the truck driver is trying to get over as soon as possible.
It' nice to get a tail light flash response, but it's like holding open a door for someone, no response is really expected.
We need more friendly gestures in this world and less meanness!
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I do, and I appreciate the ones that do it for me!
I flash you, you flash me!

Thats the way it ought to be!
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I did multiple times on an interstate trip and got no "thanks" flash back of the tail lights. I will continue to do so to help them and protect me.
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During daylight, yes; night-time NO flashing headlamps, then it is a brief off/on of low beam headlights while leaving parking lights on. Flashing brights into a drivers rear mirrors ruins their night vision for several minutes.
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During daylight, yes; night-time NO flashing headlamps, then it is a brief off/on of low beam headlights while leaving parking lights on. Flashing brights into a drivers rear mirrors ruins their night vision for several minutes.
I was wondering about that too.

Does briefly turning your lights completely off, then back on also work?
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I flash when conditions such as fog or heavy rain are present. I also flash when a trucker with a car on his tail passes me. I figure there's a decent chance he's ready to get back to the right and out of the tailgator's line of fire as soon as he can. I don't really see a need most other times and I doubt most professional truck drivers see it either.
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It doesn't work for me. They all drive back into my lane way too soon. I immediately change lanes to avoid their wake turbulence. Yes, I make sure the coast is clear before I change lanes.
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During daylight, yes; night-time NO flashing headlamps, then it is a brief off/on of low beam headlights while leaving parking lights on. Flashing brights into a drivers rear mirrors ruins their night vision for several minutes.
That's my procedure too, lights off briefly at night.
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My last MH had a momentary switch on the dash to to flash the lights. It was easy to do and usually appreciated.
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I do a lot of driving (both towing and not towing) in southern Calif -- and when there is a trucker who signals that he wants to move over, I give them a quick flash to let them know "I see you and it is ok to make a move ahead of me."

They are always amazed that someone on the hyper-competitive LA Freeway system will give them a break -- they move over and then almost always give me a "thanks" by turning their lights on and off, which causes their tail lights to go on and off.

In extending this courtesy, I lose about five seconds of travel time. It costs me nothing, and it helps keep the traffic flowing. So why not??

This is particularly effective in bumper to bumper traffic, when it is so hard for truckers to make a move, since there are no openings.
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