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Amber rear turn signals?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Stuart, Oct 4, 2011.

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Who wants amber turn signals on their Model S?

  1. Definitely want!

    77.8%
  2. Don't care either way.

    16.0%
  3. Don't want.

    4.3%
  4. "Tell them I hate them!"

    1.9%
  1. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Funnily enough, Ottawa drivers are a lot more tame, but they have this annoying habit of trying to block you when you want to merge. The Roadster is great for that because they don't have enough time to react.

    Okay, I think it's reasonable for it to suppress the brake light and blink amber.

    There is precedent for this sort of thing; I've noticed some cars now dim the headlight on one side so oncoming cars can see the turn blinker. Great for the oncoming cars... but I've always wondered whether the driver can see where he's going. :confused:
     
  2. BYT_P1837

    BYT_P1837 Member

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    Sadly, most people I think have never used or are even aware that their car even has a turn indicator as witnessed every morning on my way to the office.
     
  3. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r S85 2012-2018, X90 since 2016, 3 since 2018

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    When I lived in Wisconsin, I learned from other drivers that one blinker should be left on at all times, presumably for decorative purposes. Especially while driving on the highway in the slow lane (i.e. left lane).
     
  4. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I had heard that at some random number after 50,000 blinks, the wiring shorts out and sets fire to the gas tank. So you have to be very sparing of how often you use them.
     
  5. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r S85 2012-2018, X90 since 2016, 3 since 2018

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    Model S = no gas tank. Awesome, I'll drive with my hazards on all the time. Fashion statement.
     
  6. BYT_P1837

    BYT_P1837 Member

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    Here's a winkin' at you kid! ;)
     
  7. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Once I was just behind and to the right of a car with its left turn blinker on and forgotten. Then it switched off, and he immediately swung right into my lane, forcing me to brake. Then he turned the left turn blinker back on again.

    I believe he never realized the blinker was running. He thought he just safely signaled a right-hand lane change!
     
  8. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Really makes you wonder how often some drivers look at their instruments. Of course, in my roadster, I can't see them behind the steering wheel ;-)
     
  9. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Yeah. I sometimes what the Lotus designers were drinking when they designed the Elise in terms of visibility of controls, dials and the fixed steering wheel.
     
  10. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    They were thinking, "I'm 5 foot tall, this works fine for me!"
     
  11. strider

    strider Active Member

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    I'm 5'9" w/ a 33" inseam and the Roadster controls are perfect for me. Sometimes it pays to be average ;)
     
  12. rogbmw

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    Are you sure you are not from the north, and come to visit Florida in the Winters? It seems that when it rains just a little bit, all the snowbirds here turn on their flashers to say it is raining.....Anoying as Heck!!!!! But, I found out a way to get them to turn them off...just follow them and flash your brights at the car in front of you in rhythm with their flashers....But of course we would never do that !!!!!
     
  13. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Really? I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam and I can't see the top third of the speedometer! I guess that cumulative 2" makes a big difference.
     
  14. CurrieG

    CurrieG Member

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    I have aways prefered Amber Turn Signals.... I also think the additional colour looks good in the tail lights.
     
  15. goyogi

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    A generous posterior can also elevate the eye level to affect visibility. ;)
     
  16. Doug_G

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    Thanks, but I'm sure my butt isn't THAT big. :scared:
     
  17. widodh

    widodh Model S 85 and 100D

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    I just watched this video: News Videos and Video Clip | NBC Bay Area

    At 1:47 you see the line change indicator and that's amber.

    Don't know what the other turn signals do, but I expect them to be amber as well?
     
  18. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Those are basically required by law to be yellow/amber (along with the front indicators) in the USA. The rear indicators are allowed to be red or amber.

    Basically IIRC the way turn indicator rules are written in the USA is as follows:

    Turn signals:
    They can't be white
    They must be red or yellow/amber

    ... later in the rules

    Red lights may only appear on the rear of the vehicle.

    which forces all of the other indicators to be yellow.
     
  19. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Yes, the SIDE marker, but I understood it that the REAR indicators also needed to be amber. They're currently red.
     
  20. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    They also can't appear too close to DRLs apparently, which is why Audis "wink"
     

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