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Old 11-04-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Maybe it's just me, but has anyone been behind these new buses?

I nearly ran right into the back of one the other day because the brake lights are the yellow ones on the top of the bus. I think the red ones on the bottom turn on momentarily, but the yellow ones seem to be the primary.

Maybe it is just me, but i've seen it more than once.
I'd bet that 99.9% of people driving look for red brake lights, not yellow ones...
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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That's pretty bad,
but at the same time I don't rely on anybody's stop lights to tell me that they are slowing down.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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That's pretty bad,
but at the same time I don't rely on anybody's stop lights to tell me that they are slowing down.
Just go 'til ya feel the bump???
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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If I'm closing in on them really fast, then I know they're slowing down. I was once riding behind this guy who had huge rims and tires on his car, but one tail light wasn't working and the other one was taped up. Someone needs to get his priorities straight.
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:38 AM
 
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^ That.

Was it duct tape, lol?

Really, rims are some of the stupidest things ever, especially those rent-a-rim places. What a rip off but those buying into it are pure suckers. I prefer a car stock.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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It was red duct tape, lol. Rims are okay if they aren't worth more than the car or put on something pretty plain like a Ford Focus. Sometimes its cheaper to buy aftermarket than to add on factory options. Car companies also offer options for 20", chrome rims.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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I think the yellow lights you see are actually Deceleration Warning Lights. I remember reading about them when I took my driving test in California.

The Hybrid busses use regenerative braking to recharge the batteries when they decelerate so the driver may not actually be hitting the brake when he/she is slowing down in front of you.... Hence the Deceleration Warning Lights flashing but no brake light.

This is the only link I could find discussing them...

V C Section 25251.5 Deceleration Warning Lights
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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interesting. never heard of them.
i suppose it's really no different than me using my clutch/engine to slow me down rather than my brakes, but on a vehicle that big with pedestrians safety in mind, i'd figure it would be more noticeable.
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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Are these the buses with that hump on the roof?
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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BTW, the previous VIA buses (the candy cane colored ones) also have had those deceleration warning lights since they originally hit the streets a decade or so ago.
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