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Hi, all.
I am sure there are other threads in the forum in regards to this post, but wanted to share my 2 cents. It's nice to see that there are still drivers out there who flash their headlights to warn oncoming traffic that there is a LEO lurking ahead:


It's just a rare sight at least in my area. I always do so, and always raise my hand as a "thank you" sign when I pass by. When I do this, most of the time people just stare as they pass by and probably wonder "What's this guy's problem?". I also flash lights to warn for potential hazard around the corner.

In Bulgaria flashing your lights to warn for a LEO is the norm. It's like a "passive" CM in addition to RD and Waze. People really do that and in a moderate to heavy traffic some people even "rely" on this form of warning to be their only way for a save!

Another cool "road culture" over there is the Semi trucks giving you notifications with their rear turn signals if it's safe for you to pass them. Most of the roads are 2-lane, 2-way highways and with plenty of big trucks, driving can become stressful when "stuck" behind, cause you have limited visibility ahead and not so many chances for a clear stretch of road ahead to overtake. When a trucker uses their right-turn signal (on an open road, where it's obvious they are not turning) it means the road ahead is clear and you can pass them. The left signal means to wait, not clear. Sometimes situation changes quickly, so it turns out it was a wrong tip, they will turn on the emergency blinkers for 2 seconds to say "Sorry, my bad".
 

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Not as common as it use to be in Texas. People are too busy on their cell phones to pay attention!
It's disappointing in a way that they don't have the time to do it. This system beats anything else by far when it comes to "alerting" oncoming traffic to a legit, real, and present threat...
 

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I do it, because I forget where I picked up the knowledge learning to drive. I actually do it to the point where it almost looks like I'm being obnoxious (excessive times). I often wonder if people going the opposite direction, and realize it or do they think "man what's that dude's problem?!"

That being said I don't see it as much as you would expect, and rarely. Plus if you notice all the cars behind the individual who didn't flash their lights it probably gives you an idea of how many people don't do it.
 

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I see it a lot in the more rural aeras i drive... around town or the highway less so, but on the back country roads it's done enoughthats it's a decent countermeasure.
 

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I rarely see it anymore, but when I grew up in Virginia it was very common.

I don't think people really think about it being notified by anyone anymore. Sometimes when I'm on the bike if I get a Ka alert and I see someone coming up behind me I'll try to signal them to slow down. They never do. If I saw a sport bike suddenly slow down and give me a signal to slow down I would absolutely do it.
 

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I rarely see it anymore, but when I grew up in Virginia it was very common.

I don't think people really think about it being notified by anyone anymore. Sometimes when I'm on the bike if I get a Ka alert and I see someone coming up behind me I'll try to signal them to slow down. They never do. If I saw a sport bike suddenly slow down and give me a signal to slow down I would absolutely do it.
Nice.
I do the same if I get Ka alert - just play with my brake lights so the vehicle(s) behind eventually pick up the hint to slow down for a good reason. Sadly, most of the time they just come real close behind and probably wonder if I am some sort of idiot..
 

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Nice.
I do the same if I get Ka alert - just play with my brake lights so the vehicle(s) behind eventually pick up the hint to slow down for a good reason. Sadly, most of the time they just come real close behind and probably wonder if I am some sort of idiot..
I do that and also push my hand down like slow down, but they probably think I'm trying to dance on the bike or something and want to get around me even faster haha.

"Look at this moron dancing around"
 

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I warn others with both headlights or brake lights depending on situation. If I'm picking up strond K or Ka band, I'll repeatedly tap my brakes just enough to the lights flash. Most people don't seem to get it though.
 

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Not as common as it use to be in Texas. People are too busy on their cell phones to pay attention!
Yeah, same here. You hardly ever see it any longer in my area.
 

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Another cool "road culture" over there is the Semi trucks giving you notifications with their rear turn signals if it's safe for you to pass them...
And while you're passing them, they'd put all their high beams and fireworks on, to help you see the road ahead, then switch back to low beams the second you're ahead of them.

The most beautiful flowers grow on the s#ittiest soil, and it's a delightful relief from the jedis on the highway passing big rigs from the right shoulder at 100+ mph because they can't be bothered to wait behind you while you're passing on the left :)
 

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I still see it around here at some of the local neighborhood speed traps. The other day, I passed a leo using lidar and I heard the car passing by me start honking their horn (not sure if that would really help). Couldn't tell if tried to flash their lights. I would of flashed them, but I was busy trying to video the cop as I passed by.

 

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I give far more than I get, funny you bring this up as I got one this afternoon. Far more common in the past & very rare nowadays.
 

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Funny story; We used to own a 2005 Trailblazer with auto lights. One day I was driving and it was about dusk with some thick, broken up clouds. I looked at my dash and noticed the instrument cluster lights were coming on and going off fairly quickly. I realized my exterior light sensor was either confused or going bad. I wondered how many cars going in the opposite direction slowed down, thinking I was warning them about a cop ahead.
 

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Hi, all.
I am sure there are other threads in the forum in regards to this post, but wanted to share my 2 cents. It's nice to see that there are still drivers out there who flash their headlights to warn oncoming traffic that there is a LEO lurking ahead:


It's just a rare sight at least in my area. I always do so, and always raise my hand as a "thank you" sign when I pass by. When I do this, most of the time people just stare as they pass by and probably wonder "What's this guy's problem?". I also flash lights to warn for potential hazard around the corner.

In Bulgaria flashing your lights to warn for a LEO is the norm. It's like a "passive" CM in addition to RD and Waze. People really do that and in a moderate to heavy traffic some people even "rely" on this form of warning to be their only way for a save!

Another cool "road culture" over there is the Semi trucks giving you notifications with their rear turn signals if it's safe for you to pass them. Most of the roads are 2-lane, 2-way highways and with plenty of big trucks, driving can become stressful when "stuck" behind, cause you have limited visibility ahead and not so many chances for a clear stretch of road ahead to overtake. When a trucker uses their right-turn signal (on an open road, where it's obvious they are not turning) it means the road ahead is clear and you can pass them. The left signal means to wait, not clear. Sometimes situation changes quickly, so it turns out it was a wrong tip, they will turn on the emergency blinkers for 2 seconds to say "Sorry, my bad".
Thanks for sharing!
 

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I still flash my headlights for a warning sign.
 

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I still flash the lights to warn people too. Did it just two days ago in fact, and got the 'thank-you wave' back from a car or two. This is in the 'Upstate' of SC. I've seen others do it here too but it's not as common as it used to be. Growing up in the Northeast, I would see it done more often than not.
 

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The most beautiful flowers grow on the s#ittiest soil, and it's a delightful relief from the jedis on the highway passing big rigs from the right shoulder at 100+ mph because they can't be bothered to wait behind you while you're passing on the left :)
Could've not said it any better.
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I give far more than I get, funny you bring this up as I got one this afternoon. Far more common in the past & very rare nowadays.
Yes. It's too bad people these days are more and more focused on themselves only. Too much preoccupation with cell phones as well. I wonder how many people actually don't even notice the LEO as they pass by with their eyes glued to the screen...
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I still flash the lights to warn people too. Did it just two days ago in fact, and got the 'thank-you wave' back from a car or two. This is in the 'Upstate' of SC. I've seen others do it here too but it's not as common as it used to be. Growing up in the Northeast, I would see it done more often than not.
It's interesting how different regions / states are more accustomed to this gesture than others. And there are still people out there that simply have no idea what that means when you do it...
 
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Haven't seen this in years. With the lack of properly adjusted headlights after people lift their vehicles here, you usually get flashed back to indicate they don't have high beams on.

Another thing I rarely see is people using their hazard lights to indicate traffic is coming to a stop on the high way ahead. I prefer smaller towns because it feels like these traditions remain, or atleast everyone understands we are all people sharing the road and not some robot or animal.

Thanks for sharing!
 

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