X400-Trace: US*ATTMAIL*SMCLANarrival 17 Nov 1995 16:15:04 -0500action Relayed
Regarding the red rear fog lights in Europe.
I have found two differences in the use of rear lighting in Europe, both
of which I like.
1. When drivers slow unexpectedly or excessively, they use their (yellow)
hazards/flashers. This is helpful - you know the guy in front of you
is going slow and not just braking lightly.
I do this too, good idea.
2. The rear fog light is really nice is heavy rain (some other southerner
already mentioned this and in heavy snow. In these situations, it is
often difficult to see a car with only tail lights on. Usually the
rear fog light is only on one side or very low, so you can tell they
are not brake lights. Unfortunately, Americans have been getting them
on European marques for the last few years and most do NOT know how to
use them, or that the lights even exist. Hence, I often see Volvos
using their rear fog lights on a clear night.
*SO* true, 'Mericans have no clue how to use foglights/driving lights.
Another nice Euro habit is to leave the left directional on while in the
passing lane to warn others closing from behind at high speed that you
are not done using the hammah lane and that they should slow. This can
also be a good hint to hammah lane boggers (OMWH) that they should move
the H_LL over, before you give 'em the high-beam flash.