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Have you ever wanted to tell someone on the road that their brake light is out, they have a flat tire, or that their gas cap is open, but didn’t want to yell out at them? Maybe you were feeling shy or thought it might intimidate the other person. I’ve been there hundreds of times! Even with a passenger in the car, or as a passenger in someone else’s car, I’ve felt weird trying to get people’s attention on the road.

Here’s a fun & friendly solution that also serves as a random act of kindness!

car road signs examples by atiliay

Olivia of Atiliay has created printable PDFs for typical scenarios:

  • left/right/both brake lights out
  • gas cap open
  • flat tire
  • headlights off

This is a free, friendly, and non-intimidating way to get someone’s attention if needed.

You can open up the PDF, print them (heavy card stock would turn out best), and store them next to you in your car. This should be obvious, but don’t hold up signs while you (or the person you’re trying to communicate with) is moving. Wait until you’re both stopped and safe.

If you have a passenger in the car with you, have them show the sign, especially if you have a child in the car with you–they’d love to do it! I don’t know about you, but seeing a child hold up a sign telling me that I have a flat tire would make that unfortunate experience much more positive!

Thank you to Olivia at Atiliay for creating the signs and letting me share them here! If you want to share the PDF with others, please share this page with them or link them to Olivia’s post about it on her site.