Schnort
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Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:02 am

I'd love to see an icon on the display somewhere that indicates the current status of the brake light.

I tend to one pedal drive, and I'm always wondering how that is looking to people behind me, or if I'm being a 'bad driver' by not having the brake light on at stops, etc.

PhilH
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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:21 am

Schnort wrote:if I'm being a 'bad driver' by not having the brake light on at stops, etc.

I regard it as bad driving to have the brake light on at a stop: it blinds the driver behind and loses their night vision. That's what the hand-brake is for. You would fail your test for this in the UK.
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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:23 am

This video shows that regen brake lights come on approx when the pendulum indicator light is above the "C" for Charge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXJPf7Lv8Sw

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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:20 am

I always press on the brake when I am at a full stop. It's an indicator for the upcoming car to slow down and stop.
I can imagine a distracted driver, not focusing on the road, thinks I am still moving, and ramming the back of my car.
BMW should actually design to activate the brake light whenever the car is in full stop.
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PhilH
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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:15 am

The indication that your car is stopped is that it's stationary. If a driver is unable to spot that, then they will likely have any number of other accidents prior to ramming you.
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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:32 pm

PhilH wrote:The indication that your car is stopped is that it's stationary. If a driver is unable to spot that, then they will likely have any number of other accidents prior to ramming you.


Thinking about signalling to the back whether I am standing or not when stopping my car at a junction on a rainy night, I know what I would choose.

I actually searched the UK Highway Code for this earlier, but couldn't find anything on this particular detail. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist though. However, I found something on that you shouldn't dazzle other drivers.

I learned to drive in Germany in the early 90s and remember we were taught to use handbrakes only for hill starts and when parked.

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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:52 pm

How about this one ...

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway ... 103-to-158

In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again

My first driving license is from UK.

Schnort
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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:29 pm

psquare wrote:This video shows that regen brake lights come on approx when the pendulum indicator light is above the "C" for Charge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXJPf7Lv8Sw

Hmmm, I guess I need to be more vigilant in stepping on the brake when I'm in queue.

But holy hell, that guy rolled every stop sign he came to. Bad driver! Bad!

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Re: Brake light indicator

Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:20 pm

PhilH wrote:
Schnort wrote:if I'm being a 'bad driver' by not having the brake light on at stops, etc.

I regard it as bad driving to have the brake light on at a stop: it blinds the driver behind and loses their night vision. That's what the hand-brake is for. You would fail your test for this in the UK.


I agree the night driving...
But what about driving in the day?
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Re: Brake light indicator

Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:07 am

Just as bad in the day especially if it is wet the glare can be very annoying.
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