So I was on the metered onramp getting on to 75, and I’m in the Mini. Now because the onramp is metered, I can just leave the car in first and idle down to the meter. This of course means no brake lights (The line is only moving at 3MPH, so who cares, as this is idle speed in first).

Guy who’s about 47 in a Merc CLK430 cabrio pulls alongside me saying that I have no brakelights. I said that I don’t have an indicator saying a light is out (Practically all German cars, including his Merc, have that). He keeps reiterating that I have no brake lights. It finally clicks for me.

“It’s a MANUAL! I DON’T HAVE TO USE THE BRAKES! Watch!”

Pull forward, and press brake pedal. And God said “Let there be brake lights” and there were brake lights.