Watch For Those Flashers!

It’s a good idea to watch out for those flashers. No, not the kind that expose themselves, but the emergency flashers on a car.

Recently, a driver found himself stuck at the end of a freeway off ramp and could not move the vehicle at all! So, he called for a tow truck and in the meantime, he had to sit there. He did turn on the vehicle’s flashers.  It was a two lane ramp, with the right lane designated for right turns only and the left lane for left turns only. He was stuck in the right hand lane. He still kept an eye out through his rear view mirror, just in case someone didn’t see the flashers. And, to make his situation “more visible”, he would gesture with his arm to tell people to go around when he saw cars approaching behind him in the right lane. Most people got it, especially when he gestured with his arm, and they would slow down and change lanes to go around him. But wouldn’t you know, some didn’t have a clue and came right up behind him. When the light turned green, they didn’t know why he wasn’t moving! Some even got mad and beeped their horns at him, but of course they ended up going around him. Anyway, the tow truck finally came and the situation taken care of.

This incident does remind us that people turn their flashers on for a reason, not to put on a light show. And sometimes they aren’t always able to get completely off the road. In this driver’s case, the vehicle, a company vehicle, just quit on him and he was lucky to simply be able to get off the freeway.

Also, be aware that there are many areas that have a law on the books often called a “Move Over” law, which basically says that if you see a vehicle, especially an official emergency, law enforcement, or highway maintenance vehicle on the side of the road with flashers on, and you are in the lane next to the side of the road, you are to move over one lane away if possible and slow down by 5 to 10 miles below the posted speed limit.

So remember to pay attention while driving. Watch out for flashing lights, and other things like brake lights and other hazards that may not always give notice. Be here, be now, as I wrote in an earlier post.

Anytime you see or hear of a car wreck, you’ll be glad you paid attention to your driving.

Be safe!

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