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Old 01-15-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Safety Question - Four-way flashers

I am travelling down the interstate when suddenly traffic comes to a halt or slows down significantly. My high visibility LED brake light is shining bright but until I am convinced that the traffic behind me is fully aware of the situation, I will flip on the four-way flashers. Good practice or bad practice? I recently became aware that its actually illegal in some places to have four-way flashers on while in motion. Don't really care about legality but rather in such situations, does it increase or decrease my safety? In addition, I am watching my mirrors and have my escape route planned.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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Seems like a good idea.
I went with Hyperlites on my R12GS though. They flash whenever you use the brakes.
One guy I met on a trip rode an '09 R12GS with some kind of rear red light set up that operated off a mercury switch so the lights flashed every time he decellerated regardless of whether he was using his brakes.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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Just stay the hell outta my way. Those 4-ways give me a target to fixate on, so don't slowdown and hold me up or I'll just run you over

Really, I wouldn't be trying to control traffic and you would most likely be cited for it too. Don't play traffic controller. Just make sure to G.T.F.O.T.W.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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If more visibility = safer, then sure.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:54 PM   #5
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I have seen a lot of Canadians do this on the road. I think it's a good idea, and the extra visibility might help to bring attention to your presence. I don't consider this trying to control traffic, just drawing attention to yourself. I would welcome a roadside chat with a LEO about my use of such a technique. Given a reasonable discussion I don't see how you would be cited.

I too have Hyperlites, and those combined with the four ways should make approaching drivers say WTF?! and slow down.

Of course, saying this...I also watch my mirrors like a hawk so I can get outta Dodge if I need to.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:59 PM   #6
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Be safe, first and foremost.

If there are any pilots here, I think they can vouch for any one of their checklists in an emergency situation:

#1 Fly the plane

So if the flashers go automatically, that's great. But make sure you have an escape route and steer your bike first and foremost. Engaging your four-way flashers is secondary to avoiding the accident and getting out of harm's way.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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#1 Fly the plane
Great advice!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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I tend to flash my brakes until I am sure the guy behind me is slowing, so I am in the GOOD catagory.

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:06 PM   #9
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I know of a cager that stopped on the freeway after coming upon and accident. They were cited for stopping on the freeway without it being an emergency
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #10
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I tend to flash my brakes until I am sure the guy behind me is slowing, so I am in the GOOD catagory.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:20 PM   #11
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I did the flashers the other day. I was on a rural road and a school bus was stopped with flashers. The effers behind me were a ways back but going fast.

The ticket on the freeway seems totally stupid. What if you stop to protect a body laying on the street. Nerd cop at max mental capacity.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #12
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When stopped:

1. Leave at least 1 car's length between YOU and the vehicle ahead.
Othewise...you have no way to get out!

2. Monitor traffic BEHIND you to insure THEY are stopping.
2A. Pump your brakes if you fail to see deceleration of the following vehicle.
Note: Many cagers will actually change lanes when they see additional braking lights.

3. Have a PLAN of ESCAPE.
Into a ditch is better than into an ambulance.

4. Leave your bike in GEAR ready to move in an instant.

Ride safely.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #13
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I know of a cager that stopped on the freeway after coming upon and accident. They were cited for stopping on the freeway without it being an emergency
We can't speak about the competency of local law enforcement; keep the focus on your personal safety.
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We can't speak about the competency of local law enforcement; keep the focus on your personal safety.

Yep! When in doubt, PIN IT
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:25 PM   #15
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If I have time, I try to put my 4-ways on if in a sudden deceleration incident on a road, whether in my car or on my bike. It always catches my eyes when others do it, and I slow down faster than I otherwise would. Thus, I know it works (at least for some people).

I'm all about visibility and doing what I can for others to notice me. When I started riding on the street I had all black leather gear, a black helmet, and a black bike with only a single headlight. I've been slowly transitioning to visibility with the more experience I get. I now ride with a hi-viz yellow vest, a mostly white helmet, yards and yards of reflective tape on my bike and luggage, dual headlights, and bright LED auxiliary lights I keep on at all times. Each time I've taken steps to increase my visibility I notice a decrease in cagers that don't notice me. It's scary to think of how often I was pulled out in front of when I first started riding as compared to now.

IMO, anything you can do to increase your visibility to others is a good thing.
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