On Friday, 17 October 2014 21:02:07 UTC-7, Doug J wrote:
So,,, color me stupid. But what's the point of a third brake light on a vintage car anyway ?
To reduce the chance you'll be hit in traffic. The 3rd brake light really works; a car with it is significantly less likely to be rear ended than a car without it…even now that it's almost 30 years since they first showed up and the novelty effect has long since worn off. Moreover, now that virtually all vehicles have the central brake light, a car without one is significantly more likely to be hit than that same car was back when most cars didn't have the central brake light. It's the same with daytime running lights; once most cars on the road (in whatever country) have them, cars without are more likely to be hit than they were before most cars had DRLs.
To me,,, it would just look dumb.
A car destroyed by a rear-end hit looks dumber.
If you are worried about a stupid SOB texting instead of driving and rearending you,, you might be better off with a brake light strobe.
Nope. Brake lights strobes, blinkers, flashers, pulsers, modulators, whatever you call them are illegal for a really good reason: they INCREASE your likelihood of being hit. They are a really dumb idea, on a motorcycle, a car, a truck, or a van...no matter how much "common sense" might make you think it is to mess with your brake light(s) this way. If you're smart, you'll remove the device and put the standard brake light back in.
\6D (who has to know this stuff because it's my job)