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Old 03-21-2014, 05:15 AM   #1
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I was out in the 28 coupe late last night and found myself on an unlit road where I had to back up to turn around, as I looked over my shoulder to look out the back I could see nothing but the reflection from the front.

It was like the upright front & rear screens were bouncing against each other like mirrors, very strange to see.

In the end I had to turn the headlights off and back up using the flash of my indicators.

Thinking about fitting a reversing light on the back as I don't want to dent her driving backwards in the dark.

Anyone else had similiar?
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:05 AM   #2
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The light from my tail/license light lights the road quite well.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:14 AM   #3
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I think that is caused because the front windshield is on the vertical.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:18 AM   #4
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When you feel the car go bump in the dark, just push on the middle pedal. [ smiley face]
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:03 AM   #5
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Never thought about it before, mainly because I haven't been in this situation yet. Thanks for mentioning this, and now I'll look into fitting something onto my tudor.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:20 AM   #6
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Try turning of your headlights and/or open the wind screen a bit.

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:52 AM   #7
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Open your door window and look back out the open window. Most necks will swivel enough to use in that manner... Ha! The reflecting glass of the windshield/rear glass won't be helped much with backup lights. Takes some geting used to when cars pass in the night they appear to come and go from every direction. You soon get used to it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:42 AM   #8
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install a rear backup camera
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:09 AM   #9
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Just swing your windshield open a bit so it isn't vertical.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:31 AM   #10
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install a rear backup camera
That's a good idea. My friend installed one in his Town Sedan. At some point I hope to buy one also.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:47 AM   #11
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I just look where i plan to back up before i back up.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:11 PM   #12
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Retard the spark and turn the GAV a couple turns toward rich...the flames out exhaust should either eliminate or illuminate anything back there. Henry thought of everything.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:37 PM   #13
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I've got back-up lights, just haven't got around to hooking them up yet.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:25 PM   #14
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I assume that Bruce's suggestion would help with tailgaters as well! Lol
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:27 PM   #15
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I find the shade when pulled down at night will help that problem of light reflecting and not block my view of following vehicles.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:51 PM   #16
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I was just thinking of those $2.50 LED lights with a magnet on the back that Harbor Freight sells and how they would let me back down a long driveway or whatever.
Have to be put on the bumper and off, though, but worth keeping around for the occasional sticky backing up situation.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:02 PM   #17
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I got two pair of high power LEDs in a "bolt type " housing. They really light up whats behind the car. As I have an F150 trans it has a backup light switch built in. I used the threaded end to hold on the license plate. I then ran the wires behind the plate holder and glued them in place. I think these are only 12v, not sure.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:54 PM   #18
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It was broad DAYLIGHT when I backed into a brick abutment and crunched the rear fender and bumperette. I don't think the backup light would have provided much protection. I even punched a hole in my new Blue Ridge Parkway license plate.

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Old 03-22-2014, 02:41 AM   #19
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It was broad DAYLIGHT when I backed into a brick abutment and crunched the rear fender and bumperette. I don't think the backup light would have provided much protection. I even punched a hole in my new Blue Ridge Parkway license plate.

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Oh man I bet that plate wasn't the only thing that was blue right then eh !
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my back window is slightly tinted & stops the glare from behind . my license plate lite is led & plenty bright to back up on a dark street .
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