Checking for functioning brakelights


#1

Everybody knows that part of your “routine checks” such as oil, washer fluid, tranny fluid, coolant, tires, & etc etc that you should also check your lights. Being single, I’ve always run-into the problem of the “how” to check the brakelights are working; have always depended upon the ‘does that side of the garage behind the light work?’ in my rearview mirror … until it came time to replace one. Necessity being the mother of invention, throwing an (unopened) bag of fertilizer or anything granular on the pedal seems to work pretty well … you can also “form” most of the weight onto the pedal to ensure it stays down. Anyone have other and/or better ideas?


#2

I don’t understand the problem unless you want to check them on a daily basis. Back up to a wall at night and try all the lights.


#3

Single, ok. How about getting a friend to press the brake pedal for you while you check the brake lights?

I, too, don’t really understand the problem here.


#4

You mentioned using the rearview mirror. Excellent! Why give it up for the clumsy heavy sack trick?


#5

I’m in the habit of checking out the reflection of my brake lights (in the store windows) when I back out of a parking space at the local strip mall in the evening. Otherwise, you can usually tell is the are working by backing up to a wall and turning off your tail lights.


#6

This is the way I do it. I always back into parking spots and in the evening if there is a window behind me I check the reverse and brake lamps in this manner. That way I never have to bother my 2 friends.