You Don't Check Your Lights

You can't see the outside lights on your car when you're sitting in the driver's seat.  Either get out occasionally and look or have someone else check them.  If you get out you can't press on the brake pedal to see if those lights work, so it's better to have someone else check.
The other day I noticed the left front parking light on the car in back of me was out.  When I stopped at the next stop sign, I got out to tell the driver.  Of course it was a woman and I believe she got scared as she starting backing up.  Finally, when I didn't move toward her, she stopped and rolled down her window so she could hear my screaming.  Her concern was legitimate as I could have just used that excuse to get her guard down . . . to do her bodily harm.  Knowing your lights are working properly could keep you out of danger.
A few months ago, at night, I noticed the left turn signal on the car ahead of me on the roadway.  "What is the big deal?" you might ask.  Well there were no brake lights and the car was stopped dead in the road.  Luckily seeing the turning light, I was able to stop in time.  He only engaged the turning light after he came to a complete stop; consequently, I had no advance warning.
Lights are not only to see better at night, but also very important is to BE SEEN, whether day or night.

Dangers to other drivers:
1.  Following closely with your high beams on.
2.  Not switching to low beams when approaching a car.
3.  Driving with your high beams on during the day.  It doesn't help you to see better, but distracts and reduces the oncoming driver's vision.  No!  Don't get out and look; just look to see if that little blue light is on, on the bashboard.
4.  Not putting on your turn signal soon enough so that the other drivers won't know your intention.  If you move halfway into the other lane, or halfway into your turn before putting them on--I think I already know what the hell you're going to do. 
5.  Riding your brake pedal without engaging the brakes.  The lazy foot rests against the brake pedal pushing it down a bit.  This turns on the brake lights when you were just anticipating a stop but never slowing down or stopping, and never engaging the brakes.  Your foot reduces the tension, lights go off, light pressure, lights go on again, off, on, off, on, driving the driver in back of you crazy.  Yes, you should be prepared when anticipating slowing down or stopping--BUT!
While you're at it, why not check your security lighting around your house.


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