SeanNelson wrote:trevmar wrote:I would think that "big, red lights on the back of the vehicle as a "WAKE UP MORON - I AM STOPPED" sign." can only help.
People run into the back of buses and semitrailers stopped with their brake lights on. If you don't even notice the car itself, the brake lights may not help a lot. Their most important purpose is to tell people that you're slowing down. The best you can do to alert inattentive drivers that you're already stopped is to flash your brake lights in the hope that it will trigger their peripheral vision.
On a freeway when coming to an unexpected traffic jam, flashing the hazard lights may be more noticeable to following drivers paying only marginal attention.