On my weekly Blog Posting I was thinking of writing something different, something that I should share with my readers being it’s now officially winter in Canada. I am doing a product review on Roadside winter safety kits from Amazon. They are a “must have” in your car at all times. We all know driving conditions and habits have to change in the winter and you have to be prepared for the unexpected and some form of emergency preparedness kit is a must.
A few of my articles I wrote about Lights On a Car Need To Be Working, Its The Law.
I tried to stress the importance of lights for road safety on your car and why you should keep them working properly at all times. The automotive manufacturing companies spend large amounts of money and research, just too strategically install all these colored lights in the proper spots, “So people can see YOU”.
That is the main purpose for lights around your automobile, exception being, both working headlights. You as the driver don’t see these blinking irritating lights, but you hope everybody else sees them.
Lights On a Car Need To Be Working, Its The Law.
So writing about the importance of lights on all my articles, I also have to note, it is against the law and should be enforced more strongly. Police officers do have the right to pull over a vehicle that doesn’t comply with the rules and regulations of the highway traffic act.
And None Working Lights Fall Under That Rule.
But not to worry, in my estimation, the officers are far too busy finding real bad guys than, pull over cars with a “light problem” But they can.
So why not make them work?
We’re not even talking about how much “ROAD RAGE” is caused by somebody intending on doing the proper signaling thing, “BUT THE LIGHTS AREN’T WORKING.”
Non-Working Car Lights on A Vehicle, is, Against the Law
Should the cops enforce the law that’s already there? Should they pull you over, “Over a stupid, burnt out light”?
Did you ever wonder why highway transport trucks (link) have so many of these pretty lights on them?
“SO YOU CAN SEE THEM”
Did you know that Ontario had a Transport Minister a few years back that took burnt out lights on a vehicle very serious? If you had any more than 3 lights out, the ministry of transport would park your wheels until you got them repaired. “Park on the side of the highway” The only thing was, he didn’t go far enough. He only picked on-highway trucks and only on the major highways. If he believed that lights are part of road safety, why did he stop there on the major highways? Why not pull over vehicles on rural roads, cities or any of our other government highways.
SO, HERE IS ANOTHER INTERESTING TWIST ON THINKING ABOUT LIGHTS.
So now I will go back to the Minister of Transport way of thinking, when and why they decided to pick on the trucking industry. As a rule, they NOT only found light infractions, the law enforcement officers found in most cases, major safety issues, and the lights could have been a legal way of inspecting the truck for those safety infractions.
But that’s my point with cars on the road.
Now a day’s unlike cars, The Ministry of Transport, does not need a reason. If they suspect your truck or load is unsafe for any reason, that’s good enough to pull you over and do an inspection on your equipment and up-to-date credentials.
But not to worry, the average police officers are far too busy finding real bad guys, then to pull over cars with a “light problem”. So, you don’t have to worry about cops.
Many years back there was an acquaintance of an acquaintance that came into my workplace. He said; do want to buy a radio for your shop? NA, got two, but . . . WHERE DID YOU GET ALL THIS STUFF, as I looked into his car . . . You know . . . “No, I don’t know”?
Lights burnt out, back seat full off???. Aren’t you worried about being pulled over with all these lights out on your car and, you’re driving around with property you can’t prove you own. Not to worry, “he said”, “cops don’t pull over cars for a light out”.
So as the crime continues to climb in all the major cities, their mayors are worried, what can we do to curb the uphill climb of lawlessness in our cities? They could be looking at a very simple solution, like pulling over vehicles with safety impairments, rather than turn the other cheek like they always seem to do.
Chances are that bad guys can’t be concerned about working lights on their car. Could that other bandit in this story be right? Cops don’t care!
What else do you find, other than lights out?
So, I think yes,
Did you know you can spot a headlight out 1 mile away, giving an officer time to finish eating his donuts and choke down their coffee and still . . . have time to pull you over?
But this bandit is probably right, “The Cops can’t be bothered”
My belief is, what else do you find, other than light out? No insurance, No license, Stolen car, illegal … stuff in the trunk or maybe just … “Wanted Bad Guys” and if that was all that was wrong with his car, a light infraction, tell him—-
“GET THAT LIGHT FIXED”. Eh . . . It’s against the law you know!
So, should law enforcement be a little more vigilant? “I think yes!”
Did I say . . . I passed 15 vehicles, including trucks, cars and school buses with light infractions in ONE day!
“HOW MANY CARS CAN YOU SPOT WITH LIGHTS OUT”
Should law enforcement take light infractions more seriously, I think YES!!
There are specific colored lighting rules on for all highway vehicles on. What colors of lenses go where signal lights are that color, brake lights are this color. Colors lenses that one police officer wrote, was illegal to have on civilian vehicles and are deemed for Emergency Vehicles ONLY.
Interesting article about vehicle lights, written by a STATE TROOPER in COLORADO USA PLEASE READ (LINK) http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/fort-morgan-local-news/ci_29618032/tips-from-trooper-vehicle-lights-laws
If you’re confused, there is only ONE simple rule. Whatever lights were equipped on your vehicle from new, do not alter them, do not change the colors, and most of all, WHAT I really stress in this post is– “Make sure that whatever lights were equipped on your car, from NEW . . . THEY HAVE TO WORK.”
Are Non-Working Lights on a Vehicle is against the Law, yes.
I have many years of doing preventive maintenance on vehicles, and non-working Car lights are the worst overlooked safety problem. Eh
Is it possible to have a car speedometer turned back to a lower number, and, why would you want to tamper with it anyway? We all know years ago it was common practice for shady corner car lots to turn the speedometers back, you know, show a lower mileage on the car so they could get more money for the low miler.
Actually, it’s the “Odometer” they play with and not a car speedometer
The story has it, if you had over a 100, 000 miles on your car it was considered, well not desirable for resale. So no matter how beautiful and well kept your vehicle was or is, the higher number on the odometer was the killer. In most cases, the used car salesman used that number to their advantage “we can’t pay that price for a high mile car.” So in the end, the car lot got this well maintained and beautiful looking car with high miles for near nothing. The salesman says what to do with this car, so spinning the car speedometer back on this beautiful high miler was common practice. Continue reading
So you don’t believe in a barn find Eh? Here is another one of these true, classic car barn find stories, so trust me, you can still find them, and they’re still out there. Now you ask yourself, how do I know this story is true? Well, this one is from a reliable source, the “Canadian Hot Rod Magazine”. And they believed it enough to put it on their front cover.
Classic car Barn Find story came from family, and they wouldn’t lie to a Kin . . . would they?
So as the story goes, like most, people collect things because it gives them joy may be a reminder of their past, takes you down memory lane. I remember that old rocking chair at gammas house, or in the case of my blog, I have fond memories of my first car, it was a 1955 Monarch Convertible. (Barn Find)