This weekend while in Wegman’s parking lot I was victimized by a Chevy Cruze. I’m not sure who at GM thought it was a good idea to use reverse lights for anything other than signaling a car is in reverse. But GM cars put in park or responding to any key fob command illuminate their reverse lights.
Sure it’s a good idea for some sort of lights to turn on when you’re looking for your car but reverse lights are by far the worst choice. It’s dangerous and annoying. I was looking for a space in the crowded parking lot of Wegmans when I saw the reverse lights of a Cruze in a prime parking spot. Instead of parking further away and walking like a normal person I wanted to wait for this spot to save me the trip. After about 15 seconds of inactivity, I was getting anxious so I decided to find a different spot.
As I walked toward the Cruze that was supposedly in reverse I made my grizzly discovery. The car was completely empty and turned off. In a panic, I peered into the window to ensure someone didn’t accidentally leave a car in reverse. Luckily the car was in Park and empty. After realized I looked like some sort of creep and the Cruze lied to me I hopped on Google, my only hope for answers.
To my relief, I realized I wasn’t the only one baffled by GM’s use of reverse lights. It turns out people across this great nation have fallen victim to a simple set of white lights. It wouldn’t be a huge deal if they were only a set of lights. However, those white lights on the backs of cars hold a lot of meaning. They signal that a car is coming towards you and you need to prepare. Using them for anything other than that is a betrayal of years of conditioning.
I’m not sure how or why this happened but be safe out there and don’t look into random car windows like me.