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I decelerate with the left paddle on the steering wheel? I don't want to get rear ended at night from the driver behind me not realizing that I'm sort of slowing down.
 

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The paddle shifters are like engine braking, meaning that the car slows without the rear brake lights being triggered. When it's dark out, I turn on at least the parking light setting to ensure the rear lights are at least visible for the driver behind me to gauge distance. I don't rely on the daytime running lights since the rear lights won't always automatically illuminate, depending on ambient daylight.
 

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Brake lights are only triggered via the switch connected to the brake pedal.

I, too, use the high-regen for initial braking. Only once did someone honk at me. They were tailgating me (didn't know they were there), so I'm not surprised. The same thing likely would've happened if I only took my foot off the gas. Other than that, I've had no issues. The regen effect isn't so significant that others would likely notice. We do because we're experiencing it. I suspect, if it was, there'd be some mandate to light up the brake lights ('cause gub-ment) :)
 

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Brake lights are only triggered via the switch connected to the brake pedal.

I, too, use the high-regen for initial braking. Only once did someone honk at me. They were tailgating me (didn't know they were there), so I'm not surprised. The same thing likely would've happened if I only took my foot off the gas. Other than that, I've had no issues. The regen effect isn't so significant that others would likely notice. We do because we're experiencing it. I suspect, if it was, there'd be some mandate to light up the brake lights ('cause gub-ment) :)
This is the main reason why I ask. I have been driving near the speed limit on city streets and have people following really close behind me. Now that I know the brake lights don't come on with the paddle re-gen braking... I will pay more close attention to my rear view mirrors when I do use them.
 

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Just curious. Does the center brake light flutter on the Insight when braking? I've not been behind mine when braking, nor have I followed another Insight so I just thought I'd ask.
 

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Just curious. Does the center brake light flutter on the Insight when braking? I've not been behind mine when braking, nor have I followed another Insight so I just thought I'd ask.
I don't think the third brake light 'flutters' as a standard. My dealer added 'pulse' braking feature cars they sell, which adds that 'flutter' effect at the third brake light.

Pulse supposedly increases safety/visibility by being "different." But it's a simple wiring change and not worth paying extra. I accepted it because it was already installed, but it's not something I'd seek otherwise.

There was a "pulse" sticker just above my third brake light to indicate it was installed when I picked my car up from dealer. - https://www.pulseprotects.com/
 

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I've only seen the brake lights come on once with paddles, on a tighter radius off ramp, max regeneration set. It seems like there is a point where the lights do come on, unfortunately it doesn't seem that just max regeneration with the paddles is enough to do it.

I was almost rear-ended today on my way into work, and I know my brake lights were illuminated. Luckily I was able to move into the turning lane, (pissed off another driver, oh well, no accident), and watch the Subaru glide past, tires chirping as he had panic braked enough to get his abs working.

I'm always mindful of my rearview mirror before activating the regeneration paddles.
 

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I've only seen the brake lights come on once with paddles, on a tighter radius off ramp, max regeneration set. It seems like there is a point where the lights do come on, unfortunately it doesn't seem that just max regeneration with the paddles is enough to do it.
Do you think the brake lights came on because the car added friction braking in the scenario, rather than being triggered by regen itself?
 

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Do you think the brake lights came on because the car added friction braking in the scenario, rather than being triggered by regen itself?
I need further testing to confirm. It was definitely a turn that would be too tight to allow mode change. Realistically I just need a good set of schematics, but since I don't have those, testing is the only way I can try and confirm.
 
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