Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...
Here is a related question for the group:
If you notice a car with two out of three tail lights burned out (only one remaining), would you try to get their attention to let them know?
My family (wife and children) are very embarrassed when I do it, and give me a lot of hassle when I try. Their points are that it scares people, especially women driving alone, who are not expecting you to pull alongside and get their attention. They say it raises the risk that someone may overreact. They also argue that many modern cars notify drivers when a tail light is burned out, and the drivers are probably already aware.
My explanation: A long time ago I was camping with family and faced a long drive home at night. Just before heading home, for no reason in particular, I asked them to check out my tail lights. We discovered that none of them were operational. I replaced the bulbs right away, but decided it would be a courtesy to warn people if they were one bulb away from a similar fate.
I think people appreciate the courtesy, but my wife and children hate it.
What do you think?