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Re: [EVDL] OT Silent vehicles, was Re: Sensors at drive throughs

> How does Oregon deal with out of state vehicles with running lights? I
> frequently drive down to Portland and haven't had any issues so maybe
> they just leave us alone.
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> David Nelson

Given the number of cars with replacement headlamps and running lights
("fog" lamps) that blind me, I can say that Oregon does nothing to
discourage them... or perhaps they are just that popular. When you are
blinded on a freeway, with a full median strip, by cars from the opposite
direction, they are certainly noticeable. Or, perhaps, the cops haven't
gotten around to them, yet. (Much like you can't have not-factory tinted
windows... but some of the cell phone companies can put advertising over
their back and side windows.)

We have a problem with our commuter van. When we start it up, the headlamps
come on, but possibly not at full brightness. I have noticed a few rigs
running the highway that apparently suffer the same problem. If you don't
pull on the headlamp switch, apparently the tail lights don't come on... at
least in this type of Ford van. That's a very stupid way to design a
vehicle.

Given that many EVs are MCs (3 wheelers) in Oregon, running (head) lights
are required at all times. I haven't seen any enforcement (yet) of
"rotating" headlamps or tail lamps that flash. I'm thinking of installing
them on my car. (Press on the brakes and the center light comes on... with a
flashing outer ring. It is *very* noticeable... and I've lost 2 cars in 10
years to idiots not noticing my flashers, when I'm stopped on the freeway.)

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> We have a problem with our commuter van. When we start it up, the headlamps
> come on, but possibly not at full brightness. I have noticed a few rigs
> running the highway that apparently suffer the same problem. If you don't
> pull on the headlamp switch, apparently the tail lights don't come on... at
> least in this type of Ford van. That's a very stupid way to design a
> vehicle.

I agree. At least in my Corolla and Silverado, when it gets dark
enough everything comes on automatically.

On a related topic, I'm thinking of wiring the headlight on my Gizmo
to the key switch or putting a switch between the headlight switch and
my digital speed-o-meter. In the daylight on a clear day I can barely
see the numbers if I have the headlight on because the speed-o-meter
goes into night brightness mode.

> Given that many EVs are MCs (3 wheelers) in Oregon, running (head) lights
> are required at all times. I haven't seen any enforcement (yet) of
> "rotating" headlamps or tail lamps that flash. I'm thinking of installing
> them on my car. (Press on the brakes and the center light comes on... with a
> flashing outer ring. It is *very* noticeable... and I've lost 2 cars in 10
> years to idiots not noticing my flashers, when I'm stopped on the freeway.)

I have a smart blink on my Gizmo to blink the brake light. I also
changed the upper (normally 3rd) brake light to one with high
intensity LEDs that is designed for sticking on the back of a pickup
shell. I was unable to see the factory installed LED brake light
because the beam was too focused and was aimed up.

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David D. Nelson

http://www.austinev.org/evalbum/1328

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