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2011 Quick question about driving in L

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Hello, all, new Volt owner here. (Edit to mention it's a 2011)

When driving in L, and letting off the acceleration to slow the car down- do the brake lights activate?
Having been rear ended in a bad accident in the past, I'm a bit more hypersensitive to the possibility.
Slowing down as much as the Volt can without using the brake pedal has me worried about catching other drivers off guard if there's no indication.
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I've confirmed my 2017 Volt lights the brake lights in L. Confirmation done at night and watching the reflection off signs behind me when I let off the throttle. It also triggers the brake lights when using the regen paddle. Same confirmation method.
 
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The NTSB considers the low gear regeneration braking (sans paddles) with no active brake light to be no different than braking using down shift in a car with a manual transmission.
Not really. Manual transmissions have an exemption to the braking rate requirements for lighting the brake lights. All other vehicles must light them up whenever slowing faster than a certain rate. There's also a deceleration range where they're optional.
 
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