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Old 07-30-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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Why do people leave either shirts, bags, or other white floppy things in the car window when they have to leave their car on the side of the highway?

I've never seen this anywhere else... and the items are almost always (if not always) white!

My curiosity is killing me!
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:02 PM
 
Location: The Denver, CO area
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Not sure why....I think maybe to let the cops know that the car is broken down?
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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It's actually part of NC "law" to indicate the car is trouble.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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They do it here in VA, too. I guess it buys you time before they tow it.

Do they (state troopers or whoever) put this bright orange square on the car stating that it can be towed like they do here, also?
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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I got this from another great poster, MarvinNative:

From the NC DOT:
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What you should do if your vehicle breaks down:

Exit the main part of the road - move the vehicle completely onto the shoulder of the road.


Make sure you leave the car by the passenger side, and do not allow passengers to remain in the car.

Stand off the road and away from the car - do not stand in front or to the rear of the vehicle.


If you need help, tie a white cloth to the left door handle or the radio aerial and raise the hood of the car.


If it's dark, turn on the parking lights or emergency flashers. Always have flashlights or flares in your car for emergencies.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I got this from another great poster, MarvinNative:




If you need help, tie a white cloth to the left door handle or the radio aerial and raise the hood of the car.


If it's dark, turn on the parking lights or emergency flashers. Always have flashlights or flares in your car for emergencies.
This is correct they do it because it is the law and it stated in driver license handbook.

If you have one of those orange stickers on your care they usuallly only good for 48 to 72 hours it a cop letting you know move it in that time frame.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:57 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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Youre explanation makes sense, except that these cars are always abandoned... I suppose they could be left over from when they needed help, but I would think that leaving the white bags, shirts, etc, would continually cause passersby to think that someone still needs help...
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