RIDING THE BRAKES (30mph)

The next section of Moving Modes is RIDING THE BRAKE. Refer to RIDING THE BRAKE FIGURES (30mph). “Riding the brake” is easily discernable with the Speedlight. When a driver is “Riding the brake” the Speedlight strip illuminates on high intensity (brakes applied) and indicates the speed or change in speed of the vehicle.

CONSTANT SPEED WITH BRAKING

The Speedlight strip is on high (braking). Lights illuminated in from ends with static display indicating speed of vehicle.

  • Panic Light on low.
  • Taillights on high.

ACCELERATION WITH BRAKING

The Speedlight strip is on high (braking). Lights turning off sequentially out from the center relative to rate of acceleration.

  • Panic Light on low.
  • Taillights on high.

DECELERATION WITH BRAKING

The Speedlight strip is on high (braking). Lights illuminating sequentially in from the ends relative to the braking rate of deceleration.

  • Panic Light on low.
  • Taillights on high.

Present day brake lighting does not inform the following traffic as to when and if a vehicle is decelerating or accelerating when they are “riding the brake”. Rather we are forced to pay particular attention to visually judge the speed of the “brake rider” to avoid a collision. This distracts our attention from all other traffic. The Speedlight takes the guess work out of knowing what the “brake rider” is doing.