Random Question About Flashing Lights

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icecold24k's Comment
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So I have been noticing this a lot more lately. I am just driving along and a 4 wheeler is going to pass me, they start flashing their bright lights at me multiple times. I am noticing this more in the northeast than anywhere else. I just wonder who is teaching these people to do this. It is just really irritating and I can't stand being blinded. What is this all about?

Big Scott's Comment
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It's an annoying way to say get out of my way.

Pianoman's Comment
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I have no idea. I've never noticed that before. Maybe they don't realize you can't go any faster? Some people honestly don't realize trucks are typically governed.

One time a trucker got mad at me on a two lane in Colorado (US-287 from Ft. Collins to Rawlins) because I was going 62, my governed speed. The particular spot he caught up to me there was nowhere for him to pass me for a few miles, but he got all upset and started flashing his lights and all. Made no sense at all. It was like he didn't know Swift can't go any faster. He passed me easily once we got a few miles down the road.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Maybe 4 wheelers think, because we are so much higher up than them, that their high beams don't bother us. Sometimes I wish I could flash my utility lights at them when they do that, but alas, it doesn't work when travelling at highway speeds...

icecold24k's Comment
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Yea all I can really do is just be the professional and let them do their thing. I just shake my head at it and slow down some more so they can pass and go about their business. It is just beyond irritating at times lol.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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If it happened all the time I'd take a close look at my trailer....are the doors flapping around or tires wobbling...lolol..

icecold24k's Comment
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If it happened all the time I'd take a close look at my trailer....are the doors flapping around or tires wobbling...lolol..

Haha yea i don't have doors lol. I drive a tanker. The first few times it kind of worried me I thought something might be wrong. What it is usually it happens on the interstate and they are coming up on me to pass and start flashing their lights to let me know they are passing me I guess. I was just like ugh is this something new they are teaching drivers..

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G-Town's Comment
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Icecold I can honestly say this has not happened to me in five plus years of truck driving.

That said I have occasionally flashed other trucks if they are chronically unable to hold their lane. Many times the culprit is texting. Nothing angers me more than when I observe this behavior.

The only thing I suggest is perhaps you are a tad too close to the center lines on the highway, or maybe you are wavering just a bit. Not saying that's the case, just something to consider. Maybe, it's just a random act by several drivers, possibly never occurring again.

icecold24k's Comment
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The only thing I suggest is perhaps you are a tad too close to the center lines on the highway, or maybe you are wavering just a bit. Not saying that's the case, just something to consider. Maybe, it's just a random act by several drivers, possibly never occurring again.

Maybe that is the case G-Town. Next time it happens I will definitely watch my lane control really close and see if maybe I am doing something to maybe make them think I may come into their lane. Thanks for all the feedback everyone. That is why I was kind of throwing this out here to get some ideas.

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Pianoman's Comment
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Icecold I can honestly say this has not happened to me in five plus years of truck driving.

That said I have occasionally flashed other trucks if they are chronically unable to hold their lane. Many times the culprit is texting. Nothing angers me more than when I observe this behavior.

The only thing I suggest is perhaps you are a tad too close to the center lines on the highway, or maybe you are wavering just a bit. Not saying that's the case, just something to consider. Maybe, it's just a random act by several drivers, possibly never occurring again.

Ditto (except for the five years part, just two for me).

Probably a dumb question but are you certain your tail lights were working properly? Or maybe your electrical chord wasn't plugged in properly and the tail lights were flickering?

That's my best guess. I've flashed my lights to try to indicate to other drivers they had a headlight out. Do you have a CB? Other drivers on the CB might be able to give you a heads up about something going on behind your trailer that you weren't aware of.

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