As it relates to rear lights. I keep seeing the same argument for solid lights over and over and over again.....vehicles being able to judge the distance better. But tell me SPECIFICALLY in what circumstance is that IMPERATIVE for a vehicle to know? Do you really want vehicles thinking about such things.....or would you rather have a vehicle see you first and foremost and give you a wider berth because maybe they can't judge the distance properly regardless? They (the vehicle and driver) are coming up behind you. It's a rear light. The implied sense of them judging distance makes it seem like it's important for them to figure out just HOW CLOSE they can get. I want them to react, not think. I want them to go around me or stay back as far as possible if they can't get around (ie if I'm taking the lane and they can't safely pass). It would seem to me in that set of circumstances you would want the brightest, most annoying light possible. Doesn't a blinking light suggest THAT even beyond the point of initial recognition? Doesn't the unique flashing pattern of a Superflash, for example, command more respect than a solid light in that regard?
Finally, if a flashing pattern does indeed distort the judging distance as many keep indicating.....just exactly how is the perception altered? Is it a distortion of the object actually being closer or actually being further away? Or does it matter? Don't you still want the vehicle to not worry about distances and avoid you completely (ie going around you or staying WAY back)? Or is the lateral distance affected too?
As is the case with most things, including the majority of arguments pro and con in this bike forum, I'm not looking for a definitive answer.....more of a consensus. What am I missing here?