Thurston Moore Wrote:
> I think it serves two purposes, one as a signal
> that your car is disabled, two to aid in
> I've been all over the country and seen it just
> about everywhere. It's also something I've known
> for as long as I can remember, but obviously don't
> know the exact origin and purpose. I think this
> is something they do even in Germany.
> I couldn't find anything particular to Virginia,
> but found this on the Texas DPS site:
> What to do if your vehicle breaks down.
> Stay calm.
> Park as far off the traveled portion of the
> highway as possible.
> Make your vehicle visible - turn on your flashers.
> Exit the vehicle from the passenger's side, away
> from traffic.
> Open the vehicle's hood and leave it open.
> Tie a light colored cloth to the antennae or door
> If possible, stay with the vehicle until uniformed
> law enforcement arrives, especially at night or
> during bad weather.
> Place a "Send Help" sign in a window so it is
> visible to other motorists.
> If someone stops to help, keep your doors locked,
> crack a window, and ask them to call law
> enforcement for help.
> If you decide you must walk, write down:
> Your name
> the date
> The time you left.
> The direction you are going.
> The plate number of the vehicle you are riding in.
> Description of the vehicle.
> name and description of the person you are riding
> Notify law enforcement of the location and
> circumstances in which you left your vehicle.
Again, NEVER leave your hood open if you plan to leave the vehicle unattended. It's a good way to "lose" your Battery, and possibly other portions your vehicle as well (Especially if you have HID's, Aftermarket Intakes, or any likewise sought after item).