Flashing your Headlights – What does it mean?

So many things are conveyed by people flashing the car’s headlights at other motorists and pedestrians, how do we know what the intended communication means?  If only everyone knew Morse code.  My online research suggests there is not yet a set definition for specific flash patterns.  So why not start a language and see if it catches on?

1 Flash – One or both of your headlights are out (not on or may not be working).

2 Flashes – I’m planning to pass you on the road.

3 Flashes – Upcoming danger on the road or police monitoring.

What else am I missing?

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3 comments on “Flashing your Headlights – What does it mean?

  1. Flashing your headlights can mean that something is wrong with your car etc; a tire that is going flate, something hanging out of your trunk, something left on top of your roof or falling off your truck. Flashing your headlights can mean you want that cars attention etc; a person in the car has a family emergency, they forgot a person at the last reststop. Flashing your headlights can also mean that the car behind you did not appreciate that you had your highbeams on when you were following them. Flashing your headlight also tells truck drivers especially in fog or heavy rains when they pass you that it is a safe distance from you for them to pull back in front of you.

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