We need a new word in Ontario, added to the Highway Traffic Act. It should mean ‘flashing’ but only in a special sense.
Our school buses carry signs that they are not to be passed when their signals are ‘flashing.’ This does NOT apply to four-way flashing, only to left-right flashing. Which only school buses and emergency vehicles can do.
I know a very competent bus driver. She once said that she never uses four-ways, as it stops traffic.
I suggest a new word, legally defined in the Highway Traffic Act.
What do you think of ‘flicking?’ Any other suggestions? How about winking? Flinking?