TIL the shoshinsha mark is a green and yellow symbol that new Japanese drivers must place on their cars for a year; conversely, the fukushi mark (orange and yellow) is for elderly drivers. Both marks warn other drivers that the marked driver is not very skilled due to inexperience or old age.

TIL the shoshinsha mark is a green and yellow symbol that new Japanese drivers must place on thei...

Brilliant, knowing what to expect out of other drivers half the battle. Now if someone could just invent a turn signal, we'd be all set.

The fukushi mark isn't the orange and yellow leaf "fallen leaf" anymore. It's now a four color - light green, green, yellow and orange - stylized four leaf clover. Which is different from the actual white on blue four leaf clover for physically disabled drivers...

There's also a butterfly mark for the hearing impaired.

In the UK and Ireland, they are called indicators, because, you know, they indicate which way you are going. If my friend asked my where I am going, I don't start winking at him

For what it's worth, blinkers are called "winkers" in Japanese. After all, they wink, don't blink.

I feel like this could easily be adopted in the US.

This.

It was changed because old people thought the colours made it seem like they were close to death (colour of dying leaves, fall).

You don't really want to be reminded every time you leave the house though

We have something similar in Australia. A learning driver, who still hasn't passed driving tests, has to drive with an L-Plate, indicating it's a learner, and blah blah.

Those who have just passed their driving test, are considered Probationary, and have a set of rules specifically to govern them, such as lower Blood Alcohol than a normal driver etc.. They drive with P-Plates.

Elderly drivers are indicated by ...well terrible driving habits really if my dad is anything to go by.

I was wondering what the hell that emoji was, thanks!

Honestly, in the Great Lakes region of the US, I pretty much always hear them referred to as "turn signals" or "signals".

Don't know if I've ever personally heard somebody use "blinker" in casual conversation.

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Well, it's true isn't it?

I feel something like this should be adopted everywhere.

Isn't the same sticker used to represent a JDM car, or at least one with JDM modifications?

Lots of countries have driver-status stickers for cars already. Ireland, for example, had the L 'plate' which has now been replaced by the N plate; and Northern Ireland has the equivalent R plate. Both denote Novice or Restricted drivers and both are legal requirements which carry certain driving restrictions with them when the car is being driven by the driver in question.

Edit: The L plate is still around. Rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Please see below for further, repeated, confirmation of this.

So there are these blinky lights that you're supposed to leave on the whole time you're driving to make sure everyone knows you have them, or flip on for a second after you've turned/changed lanes to let people know you've finished your maneuver. I started turning them on BEFORE I even start braking for a turn, or even before I change a lane and it seems to catch people off guard so they pay attention to me and they usually figure out what I'm doing before hand! I hope this catches on and is taught in driving schools and what not, I think it should maybe be a law, too.

Tamama from Sergeant Frog had this logo

Yeah bruh. First mod is to slap that sticker on your '91 Civic hatch or perhaps your '94 Integra. Vtec baby.

The brilliance of the Japanese never ceases to amaze me

New driver fart?

Its funny, most of those cars are modified for "performance reasons" but then they are marked with something that denotes a poor driver. Awesome.

Australia has yellow L plates for learners, red Ps for the first year or so of a licence, then green Ps for two years after that (I think,but Idk for sure I'm still a learner)

Usually, to their credit, they are correct in using the sticker...

Leaving those blinky lights on too much is a great way to run out of blinker fluid.

The Nazis had little fukushi marks they made the Jews wear.

Wait, the USA doesn't have L-plates for learner drivers? It's standard here in Australia, and I think in the UK as well.

Wait, the USA doesn't have ? It's standard here in Australia, and I think in the UK as well.

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No, Taiwan #1

Only with every step you take, and every breath that remind you how easy it was to do so back in your youth

"USE YOUR DAMN WINKER, WANKER!"

if you see this sticker on a car in the states. its some racing idiot that thinks its cool because its japanese.

but they probably suck at driving so it still serves its purpose.

Use yah blinkah!

You can usually tell they are an old driver from the wide brim hat.

An overused joke when I was in high school: "Sophie got her Ps." "Sophie got herpes?"

Thats nothing, you should see my space toilet. It's amazing. Japan #1.

Fun fact though. If you get an accident with one of these people, YOU are responsible, because you are the professional and they are labeled as lower skill. So even if they are primarily responsible, chances are you will get the ticket.

New Jersey - "All permit or probationary (formerly provisional) drivers under age 21 must display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back) of any motor vehicle they operate."

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/About/safety_gdl.htm

Every left you take. Every time you brake. I'll be hittin you.

I was rear-ended while waiting for the red light to change in Japan. I was in the front when some young guy deciding to change lanes and dented my rear door. The police decided it was 100% his fault because I had no way to avoid him without putting myself in immediate danger. He paid for my repairs and I got upgraded to a gold driver's, with "good driver" on it later that year when I renewed.

http://youtu.be/f9x74SlY1ik

But my 01 Honda with stickers on the back window is dirt nasty low.

I love this video

In New England most people say blinker in casual conversation to refer to turn signals, at least that's my experience from growing up there

Surprising that they'd use a four leaf and four color logo when the kanji for death (死) is pronounced the same way as four/四 (shi), and therefore 4 is considered unlucky. Doesn't seem like changing it accomplished much.

Same here in Australia, always thought blinkers sounded a tad dumb.

yup. that's where it was adopted from.

True, but in my opinion the majority of learning how to drive happens after you've passed. Driving on your own once you've passed is very different to driving with supervision. Having P plates is just a way of saying "hey I'm still relatively inexperienced, if you could be cautious around me that would be fab"

Extra fun fact: if you get in an accident in Japan with anyone, both of you will share the blame. Sitting at a stop sign doing everything right and get hit? Yep.. you'll share the blame.

Extra extra fun fact: you are driving and obeying the law and an old man just decides to cross the street in front of you and you hit him... congratulations! Your fault!

FAK YOU DOPHIN! ED FAK YOU WHAAAALE!

They really want you to know that they're dying!

Well color me surprised!

In the MMORPGs FFXI/FFXIV, the two main MMOs of Square Enix's franchise 'Final Fantasy', new players have this exact mark next to their name until they hit a certain number of hours played.

Neato.

Already has been.

JDM brah

Excuse me.

Canada British Columbia has an L and N, L for learner and N for novice. You need to drive with someone who has their full license and is over 25 if you have an L, with an N you can drive by yourself but only with 1 other person.

'92 Integra can confirm, bumper stickers power the VTEC that my car totally has

Yeah, but that name gives zero indication as to it's purpose. Might as well call my brake lights, bright reds.

Fahkin blinkahs

FTFY

Every single day? Every word you say?

Hats, lined up along the rear parcel shelf.

always thought blinkers sounded a tad dumb.

Maybe. It does make sense though.

Blink: to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle:

The turn signal is a "blinking" light, hence "blinker."

JDM YO /s

KEROKEROKERO

It's pretty common in California not sure about other western states though.

And it makes a ton more sense now given this contex.

Short throw dip stick, lmao

'P Plates' in the UK have no other meaning that "I've just passed". There are no rules attached to them and are not required to be stuck on. If you do choose to stick them on

You can also keep them on as long as you like

My instructor said they are genuinely pointless and scream "I'm new here, I'm such a new driver, don't beep me" - the reason he hated them is that if you have passed your driving test, you have done it. You no longer need instruction or training in the eyes of the Department for Transport.

The elderly here always have tissue boxes and/or stuffed animals.

'94 b20 integra checking in fuckers

where's the weeeeeeed and snapbacksss

Actually, being at a stop (when you are supposed to) is supposed to be one of the very few situations you don't get assigned some percentage of fault.

You are correct. Just had this happen to me and managed to get the mythical 0パ責任 (0% responsibility)

Man, that's gotta... Sting.

I was wondering how long i would have to scroll to find a post about the pedo stickers.

Worst part is the fact they force you to pay for the stupid things.

Yeah but it's no big deal, a great workaround is to drill a small hole in the top of the light casing and fill it with water using a small funnel, blinker fluid is just water with colouring added.

But they don't pronounce the 4 like that in this word.

It is yottsuba, as yottsu is the correct counter word for 4 leaves.

It's the same reason 4 people is yon-nin.

I was wondering where my fellow weebs were

Doesn't it bother you that you have to get up every morning and put on pieces of fukushi??

Nevadan here. We always call them turn signals, and I haven't heard any locals call them blinkers in years.

The L plate wasn't replaced, that denotes a learner driver who does not have a full license.

Once you pass your test you display the N plate for 2 years to let people know you're a novice.

If the US started this, at least I wouldn't mumble, "are you retarded," when another driver does something stupid. I'd see the sticker, and just think, "yeah... that figures."

But no fucking plate for Nancys and Harolds.

Edit: I suppose that's why you're on the Ls and Ps in the first place (SA doesn't do green/red just P1/P2 - same thing though) After you're a competent driver you can spot the Nancys and Harolds, thus avoiding accidents.

This car's sticker(s) must mean that it's being driven by a cringy facebook user.

sticker(s) must mean that it's being driven by a cringy facebook user.

But the US would be the best at adopting it cuz we're the best country in the observable universe

I learned about these while playing Katamari Damacy. One early level is full of them.

Its mostly a joke/drifting thing. Mostly just a cheap and obviously fake excuse for aggressive driving and racing.

I was in Japan the 3rd time, part of a work thing, and with an awesome tiny old lady tourguide - and was beside a docking complex, and saw a car with this thing on the inner mirror, a large solid plastic thing, and I was like: "holy crap!! the mystery arrow emoji thing!!" and asked about it~

So much more pretty than the Australian squares - yellow with black L for learner, then white-red-P 1st year, then 2 years of white-Green-P (we pay a lot for things)

Pretty sure the driving 20mph regardless of the posted speed limit gives away the elderly anyways.

If everyone said that though, you wouldn't think it sounds weird.

Traffic signals are usually just called red lights anyway, so it would get confusing.

Turning at a red light is something we don't get in the UK - I'd be one of those people getting honked at, totally oblivious as to why. We normally just have a second arrow'ed green light for turning.

I'd be interested to know if you can do this in other countries.

Turning at a red light is something we don't get in the UK - I'd be one of those people getting honked at, totally oblivious as to why. We normally just have for turning.

I'd be interested to know if you can do this in other countries.

Identical. The magnets are free and the theft is inconsequental since ultimately it just changes who needs to go to ICBC (DMV equivalent) to get a new magnet. It's just irritating.

This isn't too big a problem, in BC Canada a magnet is used.  They also had magnets with holes in them that could attach to the inside of the window using suction cups with hooks attached.

The big problem is that people steal the magnets off your car if you leave them on your car after you've parked, often because their own magnet got stolen.  It's a mildly irritating and endless cycle of magnet theft.

This isn't too big a problem, in BC Canada a is used. They also had magnets with holes in them that could attach to the inside of the window using suction cups with hooks attached.

The big problem is that people steal the magnets off your car if you leave them on your car after you've parked, often because their own magnet got stolen. It's a mildly irritating and endless cycle of magnet theft.

Same in BC, where they have you put up a sticker with an 'N' on it for new drivers

It's because it's soooooo jdm bruh. And jdm means fast fucking Honda dude.

From Ohio. Can confirm I have never heard anyone refer to them as "blinkers".

In Victoria: Yellow L plates for learners, then red Ps for at least* one year and green Ps for at least* three years. Plus, there's driving restrictions at each level.

* If you don't have a 'good driving record', they'll keep you on your Ps for longer.

The Japanese equivalent of a New York license plate

Texan here, we say both. Just depends on the person really.

it was a popular sticker satirized in the import scene

now it's kind of cringey to see and mostly ricers rock it, example

P plate speed limits are different in each state, there's no 90km/h limit in QLD

Too busy putting "JDM AS F🔰CK" stickers all over their Mondeos.

Australia has L. Red P, and Green P.

L you have to have a fully licensed driver and are speed limited to 80km.

Red P you can drive by yourself but are limited to 90km and cannot have more than 1 non family member in you vehicle after 10pm(?)

Green P you are limited to 100.

Also before you get your full license you have a blood alcohol limit of 0 compared to the standard 0.05.