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So I traveled through South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina these past few days. I noticed that the vehicles that have broken down and were in the breakdown lane… most if not all had bags, or towels in there doors. Can someone tell me why?

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The towel is meant to signal a need for help. According to page 70 of the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook “If you need help, tie a white cloth to the left door handle or the radio aerial and raise the hood of the vehicle.”


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White Flag of Surrender.. as Way2roll said "HELP"


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I would think with cellphones now that practice would be obsolete.

Plus the fact that old lady may not even be a lady,let alone old. A bit risky to stop and help today.


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Ah ok… interesting… all the vehicles I saw were empty and no one around.

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I believe they're meant simply as an indication that the vehicle has a mechanical problem, not that it's been abandoned for no reason. Sort of like saying "Car trouble, will be back to take care of it soon."


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Pawz4me wrote:

I believe they're meant simply as an indication that the vehicle has a mechanical problem, not that it's been abandoned for no reason. Sort of like saying "Car trouble, will be back to take care of it soon."
Yeah that makes sense… thanks!

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The towel is meant to signal a need for help. According to page 70 of the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook (what, you haven’t read this since driver’s ed?), “If you need help, tie a white cloth to the left door handle or the radio aerial and raise the hood of the vehicle.” According to Steve Abbott, Assistant Director of Communications for North Carolina Department of Transportation, the white cloth is meant to signal law enforcement or, if it is a stretch of road that has the IMAP service (aka The Immediate Motorist Assistance Program), it’s signaling one of the IMAP drivers. Afternoon Observer Everything you need to know about the day's news in Charlotte, direct to your inbox Monday-Friday. SIGN UP This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. If you abandon the car, towel and all, it’s still at risk to get towed. The length of time it’s OK to leave a vehicle unattended depends on the type of road, location, closeness of the vehicle to the highway (this is a safety factor) and the policy of Highway Patrol and local law enforcement in that area, Abbott said. Friendly reminder: “Shoulders are not intended for long-term parking,” Abbott said. “They are there for emergencies and they provide added recovery space should a vehicle suddenly run off the road.” As for those orange stickers slapped onto abandoned vehicles? They function as a warning of sorts, indicating when a vehicle will be towed. “Sort of a last chance to get the car out before a tow truck comes for it,” Abbott said. The white cloth is a phenomenon you don’t see as much now as in the past, Abbott pointed out, and it isn’t exclusive to the Carolinas. “So many people have cellphones now and will call for help, such as HP (Highway Patrol) or their travel service company like AAA, and just remain with the vehicle knowing help is on its way,” he said. Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer

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