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Old 10-02-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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So, I drive a black 2004 Ion 3, and I keep having people do stupid things like cut out in front of me, switch into my lane when i'm right next to them and things like that. It's really starting to get annoying, but it helps me know my horn still works. Anyway, after having my car almost totaled a few times, and complaining to my parents about it (even though im 18, I still live at home. Cheaper that way), I feel like I need to do something about it to make myself more noticable. Also, my parents thought I was exaggerating, till my mom started driving my car cause it gets better gas mileage than her Sequoia, and she has the same problem. In a day, i'll usually get 1 to 3 close calls, sometimes 4, and they're the other persons fault. Anyway, my main idea is to add a amber lightbar, but i can't seem to find any info online for if theyre illegal in the state of Florida or not. So, i'm wondering if anyone else has tried to do this, or maybe if someone is a cop and they know the laws. Also, if I can't use a lightbar, what else could I do to make myself more noticable at night as well as day?

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Old 10-03-2008, 08:57 AM   #2
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You could put reflective tape stripes on your car, reflective SATURN logo in your bumper, get that clear spray paint that makes surfaces reflective and spray on your mirrors, front bumper, etc. Mayge some fog lamps. Otherwise you are very limited on what extra lights you can put on your car.

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Old 10-03-2008, 09:59 AM   #3
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why not think undercover ion cop? get the spotlights and the rims (do they make them in 4x100 pattern) and put a cb antenna on the trunk.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:51 PM   #4
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actully, im tempted to buy a cb radio, but for other reasons. Plus, im planning to put a vinyl picture of Haruhi from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (yes im a anime freak) so i dont think i could do undercover cop, but that does sound like a good idea.
And thanks FlintIonQC, i never thought of reflective tape.

Oh, and I play my music pretty loud, and that has got me out of incidents in parking lots. But I got pulled over one time for my music too loud (wasnt really pulled over, some cop was following me, so i turned into a parking lot and he parked right behind me then turned on his lights), and when the cop asked why I had it that loud I told him it was os people could hear me in parking lots so that they wont hit me. He couldn't believe someone would actullay say something like that or something, cause he was pretty shocked. Got away with a warning though since it was my first run in with a cop. Just a little side story.

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Old 10-03-2008, 11:56 PM   #5
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My ION is black also and I have never had any issues at night with someone not seeing me. One of two things: there are really bad drivers where you live...or you slept through the section on defensive driving in Driver's Ed. Take your pick. Either way, my suggestion would be to put reflective markers on the edges of your doors, or put reflective vinyl over the red on your fender badges.

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Old 10-04-2008, 12:24 AM   #6
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I never slept through drivers ed, and i've heard people ***** about the drivers down here, so i'm guessing it's that. And thanks, maybe ill give that a shot. Where do you live anyway? Personally I live in Parrish Florida, but I have to drive to Bradenton which is pretty much a college town, even though the only college is a community college, but it's also a major shopping area.

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Old 10-04-2008, 06:42 AM   #7
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I never slept through drivers ed, and i've heard people ***** about the drivers down here, so i'm guessing it's that. And thanks, maybe ill give that a shot. Where do you live anyway? Personally I live in Parrish Florida, but I have to drive to Bradenton which is pretty much a college town, even though the only college is a community college, but it's also a major shopping area.
You remind me of the seniors who come into the Post Office all the time and tell me their life stories. Lol are you lonely too? I live in Iowa by the way, and have not a clue about what you just said about community college. By the way, are there any decent places to eat around there?

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Old 10-04-2008, 11:13 AM   #8
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I'd take a second look at how you drive. I see it every morning on the highway...people leave way too much space in front of them and everybody cuts them off. It's a fine line between leaving enough space between you and the car in front of you to be safe and leaving too much space where people go in front of you.

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Old 10-04-2008, 02:37 PM   #9
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for most people on the road the definition of too much space is actually just enough. for example, count out the three seconds worth of spacing once, you'll most likely get cut off before you can get that far behind someone!!!

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:44 PM   #10
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Any good Places to eat? Not any private family run businesses that i know of, but I just moved here. The usual franchises though. And lonely, not really. Pissed off, yeah.

And I do a 3 second following rule like the drivers manual says.

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Old 10-05-2008, 01:14 AM   #11
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Put a light bar on who cares .......... red to the rear-amber to the front. Then you can pretend your mall security, so cool.

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Old 10-05-2008, 01:23 AM   #12
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I care cause I don't want to get pulled over and get a citation. I'm trying to make myself noticable to other drivers, not cops. Which is why i'm trying to figure out if they're legal.

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Old 10-06-2008, 11:56 PM   #13
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You can put on all the fancy lights you want. Light bars, a big bubble-gum one like Andy had in Mayberry...knock yourself out.

But, don't ever turn them on when you're driving. That'll make legal decorations into illegal activity in a hurry.

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Old 10-07-2008, 10:17 AM   #14
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Maybe try searching around elightbars.org.

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Old 10-07-2008, 10:20 AM   #15
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you guys do realize that state and local laws are available on line for free, right, Plus you can always call your local police department to clarify the legality of something. They would rather have you asking than breaking the law.

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Old 10-09-2008, 05:08 AM   #16
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The same thing happened to my car...
Look up my posting Hit by a Crown Victoria

I personally do not have any problem with seeing black cars, and I drive a truck at night!!! In the first accident I got cut off, and the second I thought I was far enough behind someone, and I rear ended him when he had to slam on his brakes.

I wanted to do some stuff to my car...
I wanted to get some black caps for my steel wheels (or perhaps alloy) and put the tire flys on the valve stems in green, so I would have green wheels at night on my black car. I was also thinking of putting something in the arch on the side of the doors in green. It would be cool to be able to make the arch glow in the dark too. I was not sure if that would have been too much though, as I was thinking of making the trim pieces over the door green as well.

I was definitely going to do the wheels, and the trim pieces over the door though. It would be great to be able to make the trim pieces neon (illegal here) or give off a soft glow light. Possibly some frosted clear plexiglas with some lights underneath (LED?).

Definitely let us know what you end up doing, as I am sure it will look good...

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Old 10-09-2008, 12:08 PM   #17
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As for finding the stae and local DMV regulations online, I searched and the only thing I could find was that they were updating the lightbars on the cop cars. As for elightbars.org, when I went to go check there (right before I posted this thread) the site was down, but I haven't checked it since then.

And blk06RXC, I personally have no problem seeing cars either, but, like you, people don't notice me. A green and black color combination on a Ion would look pretty cool. Definately check to see what you can do so that after your Ion is fixed, you can do it.

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I'm originally from Florida and am in the Pensacola, Tallahasee, and Tampa areas often because of family. I also used to have an 04 Ion. Trust me, I think it's more of a problem with people not being great drivers down there than the color or noticeability of your car. I don't think it would matter much what you put on the car to try and avoid being in near misses...but like someone mentioned, if you can't find the info online a quick call to local law enforcement should get you a clear and definite answer to your question.

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Old 10-13-2008, 10:14 PM   #19
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Thanks. And at least someone knows first hand about the bad drivers out here.

On a side note, my mom got rear ended today while driving my uncles Tacoma. The people that hit her, were hit by the person behind them, who was hit by the person behind her who was driving a rented Caliber. The lady claimed that a black truck with dark tinted windows hit her then drove off. (my uncles truck is a black Tacoma with dark tinted windows and was the only truck in the incident, but was at the front of the line). Luckily my mom is ok and so is the truck, but the people who hit her have a nice impression of a trailor hitch in their hood.

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I was at an accident reconstruction course at the Institute of Police Technology and Management (University of N. Florida) and all the law enforcement officers in the class referred to Florida as "God's waiting room." Florida has more fatalities in golf cart vs car accidents than anywhere else in the country. At least when I came back to Minnesota I knew how to investigate a collision with a palm tree Don't waste your time with a light bar they're noisy and will decrease your gas mileage, and yes, you'll get noticed, more likely than not by your local law enforcement.

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