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Do you guys run your strobes while driving through town?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by maelawncare, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I was out the other day and ran my strobes about half the time. Sometimes i just forget to turn them off. But when i have plow on the front i leave them on the whole time. Driving from lot to lot and everything. Its a fairly big plow and i dont want people to not see it since its white :nod:

    But the other day i had another guy flash his lights at me when i forgot to turn them off while driving down the road. When im just salting i dont run them much.

    Citys and states always have theirs on when their driving around, no matter what their doing. So do you guys? And what are your thoughts on it.
     
  2. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    I run my 2 rear hide-away strobes almost all the time. Usually I forget to turn 'em off but it also gives me a peace of mind knowing something is on.

    And if its DURING the storm they're DEF on.
     
  3. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824


    i would have said doin that stuff was cool 10 yrs ago .. but now that states are cash strapped .. especially here in michigan ... i wouldnt try it .... TICKET !! ...
     
  4. Mattruck1992

    Mattruck1992 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    yeah i stopped in to the state police post the other day to check the laws on colors i got the information about the colors (amber only) but they made a point that it was illegal to run them on the road
     
  5. turb0diesel

    turb0diesel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    only the city can do that but..
    my company is sub contracted by the city so im SAFE!
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2010
  6. turb0diesel

    turb0diesel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    I think you can only have them on if youre on private property too.. unless sub contracted by the city
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2010
  7. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I think it varies where you are. I leave mine on all the time as does most people here in MA.
     
  8. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    mine are always on but im also a subcontractor for the city so that is part of it .. however when i finish my route with the city i will still leave them on while im going through my own accounts i feel safer being seen then not being seen.. and like mycirus said most people in MA leave them on all the time anyways
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We turn our lights off on the road except for the tractors.
     
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What are strobes?
     
  11. vintageauto

    vintageauto Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    mine strobes/lightbar are always on here in Manitoba,Canada....same with my tow truck, if I have something behind me on the hiway, or am on a roadside for service call/hooking up, lights always on
     
  12. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    No, I shut all my lights off when I enter the roadway. If its bad out, I might leave my LIN4s on.
     
  13. mikelawtown

    mikelawtown Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 429

    I usually leave my dash light on driving around unless it's coming down hard and visibility isnt so good. I never will have white strobes in the front or rear and really dont know how people get away with it as AMBER is the only really allowable color...
     
  14. gottaluvplows

    gottaluvplows Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Here in Michigan.....We Must Turn off all AUX/Lightbars/Strobe When we get onto public roadway or we get Big ticket haha!
     
  15. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I alway's leave my lightbar on if the plow is on my truck. The hideaway's just got put on but i''ll probably turn those off between places unless it's really late then i don't think it matters.
    i passed a few cops the other day with the plow on and all the light on, i was on the highway and none of them even gave me a second look.

    I know what the law is but in Ohio (at least in my area) the police generally don't care what a plow driver is doing since they are busy with other calls and such. Or maybe i have only past really cool cops and thats why i haven't been bothered.

    Now if only we could get a plowable event.......
     
  16. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I turn them off, but it is easy to forget sometimes.
     
  17. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,763

    Def off when on the roadway. If im plowing then yea Il turn them on. My salt flood light is always on during a sotrm. If its a bad snowsotrm then ill activate the 2 corner rear heads on a slow alternating flash. If your not plowing its kinda silly to have all your lights flashing driving down the road.
     
  18. kitn1mcc

    kitn1mcc Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    thats what Cruise light are for
     
  19. J & B Lawncare

    J & B Lawncare Member
    Messages: 88

    I run them

    If I am plowing or salting I leave my rear LED's on all the time. I have a utility topper with no windows and have limited vision to the back so I leave them on. As for the roof mounted mini light bar it all depends on the location, time of day and weather. I run a buyer hitch mounted salter and at the moment it has a flashing barricade light on for extra warning along with 2 marker light. My truck is silver and I am going to redoe the lighting package as it dissapears in heavy snow.

    J & B
     
  20. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I leave my LED's on all the time.

    There is no reason not to, may make someone think twice before pulling out in front of me, makes my corners much more visible, as well as the back... if it saves me from getting rear-ended once they are worth it, you never know when you will have to stop short for someone. Besides, the white Jeep blends into snow, hehe.

    Nothing crazy, not blinding anyone.
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