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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24240 on: November 04, 2013, 06:05:13 PM »

I told my mom a long time ago that the auto industry should make it standard that headlights come on when windshield wipers are used for longer than, say, 3-5 minutes.


Many of the newer cars do--my FIL had one that turned the lights when the wipers were on. And he had one that turned the lights on when sensors detected less ambient light.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24241 on: November 04, 2013, 06:09:39 PM »

I told my mom a long time ago that the auto industry should make it standard that headlights come on when windshield wipers are used for longer than, say, 3-5 minutes.


Many of the newer cars do--my FIL had one that turned the lights when the wipers were on. And he had one that turned the lights on when sensors detected less ambient light.

That's awesome! I wish my car had that capability. :)


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24242 on: November 04, 2013, 06:20:19 PM »

I told my mom a long time ago that the auto industry should make it standard that headlights come on when windshield wipers are used for longer than, say, 3-5 minutes.


Many of the newer cars do--my FIL had one that turned the lights when the wipers were on. And he had one that turned the lights on when sensors detected less ambient light.

That's awesome! I wish my car had that capability. :)

Mine does - it works great, unless you live in a place that is very gloomy during 6+ months of the year and/or has very slanting sunlight during morning/evening times.  Then you are the snowflake whose headlights seem to be on, off, on, off every few minutes depending on how the light is hitting the sensors.   ::)   :)

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« Reply #24243 on: November 04, 2013, 06:23:29 PM »
My headlights have an auto feature so they come on when they sense it is dark enough for them.  But they don't come on when the windshield wipers get turned on.  I'm going to mention that when I have my appointment on Thursday to put on my snow tires.  My Dad's Sebring had an auto feature that not only put the lights on when it was getting darker but would turn them on with the windshield wipers.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24244 on: November 04, 2013, 06:31:05 PM »
I think you can get after market lights that will do this

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24245 on: November 04, 2013, 06:38:17 PM »

I told my mom a long time ago that the auto industry should make it standard that headlights come on when windshield wipers are used for longer than, say, 3-5 minutes.


Many of the newer cars do--my FIL had one that turned the lights when the wipers were on. And he had one that turned the lights on when sensors detected less ambient light.

That's awesome! I wish my car had that capability. :)

Mine does - it works great, unless you live in a place that is very gloomy during 6+ months of the year and/or has very slanting sunlight during morning/evening times.  Then you are the snowflake whose headlights seem to be on, off, on, off every few minutes depending on how the light is hitting the sensors.   ::)   :)

I've been this person! I turned up the sensitivity on my automatic lights, so they come on when it's gloomy or raining.  Drive under a bridge for more than a second, lights on. My windshield wipers are also automatic and are so sensitive, it's awesome. They don't work together however, so if it's not dark enough, yet raining, the wipers come on and I have to turn on the lights. It's the law in my state that if your wipers are running, your lights must be on as well (this assumes grayer/darker surroundings come with rain).  Don't get me started on all the drivers who drive without lights when it's significantly past twilight. I passed two in one night, a small black sporty car and a 7-passenger dark van, both on the interstate, no streetlights, and they had no lights on at nearly midnight.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24246 on: November 04, 2013, 06:43:37 PM »
They may have simply forgotten. Even without streetlights to psych them out (in NYC, your headlights don't really illuminate the road, so I've forgotten to turn them on), they maybe just thought the reason they couldn't see if that it was dark.

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« Reply #24247 on: November 04, 2013, 06:52:00 PM »
I've been this person! I turned up the sensitivity on my automatic lights, so they come on when it's gloomy or raining.  Drive under a bridge for more than a second, lights on. My windshield wipers are also automatic and are so sensitive, it's awesome. They don't work together however, so if it's not dark enough, yet raining, the wipers come on and I have to turn on the lights. It's the law in my state that if your wipers are running, your lights must be on as well (this assumes grayer/darker surroundings come with rain).  Don't get me started on all the drivers who drive without lights when it's significantly past twilight. I passed two in one night, a small black sporty car and a 7-passenger dark van, both on the interstate, no streetlights, and they had no lights on at nearly midnight.

I used to live in a state where that was the law. It struck me as so sensible that I've kept with it long after moving away. :)

Auto lights can get you in trouble, though. My car had automatic headlights -- if the car was on, the lights were on automatically. Eventually I sold that car and bought a car without the feature. The first time I had to drive with the headlights, I was getting into my car at night, but in a very brightly lit parking lot, so it wasn't obvious that my lights weren't on. I'm lucky I didn't get hit turning out onto the street before I realized it!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24248 on: November 04, 2013, 06:52:53 PM »
Don't get me started on all the drivers who drive without lights when it's significantly past twilight. I passed two in one night, a small black sporty car and a 7-passenger dark van, both on the interstate, no streetlights, and they had no lights on at nearly midnight.
When we lived in a certain European country, it was common for people not to turn on their headlights.  They believed that it would run down the battery, and that it was discourteous to other drivers to blind them with oncoming lights.   A co-worker of DH was nearly killed when she and her DH pulled out in front of a car that they couldn't see, a dark-colored car running at night without lights, on a country road.  There was never a time that we drove at night without multiple cars blinking their high-beam lights at us; the Datsun's lights were considerably brighter than the local cars' lights, so they thought they were on high instead of normal.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24249 on: November 04, 2013, 08:45:37 PM »
The anti-snowflake. When I lived in Sugar Creek there was a runner that ran just before dawn - with Houston heat that is understandable.

His shorts/warm up pants and shirt were lined with reflective tape, and so were his shoes. During certain times of the year it looked like a headless ghost was running down the street but you could always see him clearly.

On my way to school there was an older couple that walked on the wrong side of the street, in dark clothes, at dawn. I mentioned it to the school safety officer ( a police officer in the city). He said he would talk to the person that patrolled that area that shift. THe next time I saw the couple they were on the correct side of the street, in light clothes, wearing reflective vests, and carrying flashlights.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24250 on: November 04, 2013, 09:12:03 PM »
Auto lights can get you in trouble, though. My car had automatic headlights -- if the car was on, the lights were on automatically. .....
My car has that feature and its driving me batty.  The always-on lights are much dimmer than the normal head lights.  So if its dark outside I still need to turn on the headlights.  But when you are in the garage and start the car the light on the garage wall looks like the headlights are on.  I can't tell you how many times I've driven half way to work with just the dim daytime lights on.  And now that daylight saving time is over I'll be doing it in the evening, too. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24251 on: November 04, 2013, 09:18:38 PM »
I drive with my headlights on, all the time. Someone told me that he had a lot of close calls, with people pulling out in front of him, until he started doing this. Apparently some car colors sort of blend in with the pavement, and people just don't recognize it as an oncoming car.

Years ago, I gave my dad a mesh vest that had reflective stripes on it. It was designed for runners, and was light and airy enough to be comfortable on a hot day, and loose enough that he could wear it over a jacket on colder days. It was intended for runners. I wish everyone who's going out exercising would get one.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24252 on: November 04, 2013, 09:28:23 PM »
Years ago, I gave my dad a mesh vest that had reflective stripes on it. It was designed for runners, and was light and airy enough to be comfortable on a hot day, and loose enough that he could wear it over a jacket on colder days. It was intended for runners. I wish everyone who's going out exercising would get one.

I've got one of those. I got it for dog walking, but it's come in very handy after I took up running. I seem to run in the dark most of the time.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24253 on: November 04, 2013, 09:51:14 PM »
I got a reflective vest to wear when I'm out snowblowing the driveway.  You end up out on the road a bit and I'm almost always out there in the dark.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24254 on: November 04, 2013, 09:53:51 PM »
I'd like to nominate the family in front of us at the circus this weekend.  They were just fine until the very end, and then, during the big finale, they ALL got up and headed out.  I hadn't realized how many of them there were until at least 10, possibly as many as 14 people stood up simultaneously in front of us, and started putting on their coats and shuffling towards the door.  There were others, of course, but this group was talking together and herding children as a group, which is why I assume they were one (extended) family.  Look, people, I know the parking lot is going to be packed, but you chose to attend a live performance.  It seems to me that applauding the performers is a really big part of that.