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Rant: Do You Use Your Indicators?  
User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

I just got done running errands and was noticing that indicators (blinkers, turn signals, whatever you call them) must not be standard equipment, judging by how many people don't use them. WTF?? It was standard equipment on my truck, I assume they would be in other vehicles (note sarcasm).

I use them 100% of the time, because I don't want to be the "a**hole" that doesn't use them. Why not use them if they are standard (other than the fact you should be using them in the first place)?

Anyone else out there feel the same?


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3010 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1621 times:
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Quoting EWRCabincrew (Thread starter):
Anyone else out there feel the same?

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Same here... I use them 100% of the time but I feel like I'm the only one around using them - let alone knowing *how* to use them, especially in roundabouts (or rotaries, whatever you call them).



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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

I grew up in Miami. I learned from an early age not to use turn indicators because it gives away your game plan!

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

I always use indicators. Given that I remember to use them that is. Some times I make a turn and pick up on the fact that there is no "click" noise of the switch thingy going back in place, turning the indicators off. At which point I realise I've forgotten to indicate.

But yeah, other people not indicating can be irritating.

Thom@s



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11607 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

It's against the law and dangerous not to use them here in the UK I believe. However, I find it equally annoying when people forget to turn them off after turning a corner, as you can never be quite sure if they are going to turn or not.


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
I use them 100% of the time but I feel like I'm the only one around using them

You're not alone, ManuCH, at all. It can be infuriating, especially in traffic.



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3065 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

I always use my turn signals, even when changing lanes.

Even stranger, I actually look over my shoulder and check my blind spot before changing lanes. When was the last time you saw anyone do that?



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 6):
Even stranger, I actually look over my shoulder and check my blind spot before changing lanes.

For whatever I remember this from high school Driver's Ed, the 'SMOG' principle.

S - Signal
M - Mirror
O - (look) Over the shoulder
G - Go

I use it everyday. Call me a geek (no comments from the peanut gallery).

 checkmark 



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I'm not perfect with my use of signals but I do my best. I'm probably around 95% which has got to be about 99% better than most people here in Atlanta.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
I find it equally annoying when people forget to turn them off after turning

Sorry, but that is Standard Equipment with the Mercury Marquis,


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Use of turn signals is pretty much automatic for me. Occasionally they will fail to automatically cancel if the roll out from the turn is not sharp enough. As for lane changes, I always make a point while driving to know what is going on behind me as well as ahead.


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Thread starter):
I just got done running errands and was noticing that indicators (blinkers, turn signals, whatever you call them) must not be standard equipment, judging by how many people don't use them.

I noticed the same, it must be totally trendy among many drivers to use them not. I really hate it when people change lanes or when people enter or exit the Autobahn without a turn signal, it can't be that difficult to move your left forefinger for one centimeter up or down when you are on the acceleration lane, on the "Exit in 300 meters" sign, or when you want to change from one driving-lane to another.

Of course I always use my turn signals so that other drivers can see where I want to go, it gives additional safety.

Patrick


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
you can never be quite sure if they are going to turn or not

 checkmark  And it got me in to an accident a few years ago. I was waiting at a junction to pull out and turn right. There was a car approaching with his indicator on, indicating that he was turning in to the road I was pulling out of. He even slowed down as if doing that. I pulled out, he apparently changed his mind and sped up, and hit me side-on at a no-so-shabby speed.


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4530 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Yeah. Tricky things those pesky indicators. Well at least for about 80% of all motorists in the Netherlands. And I have to laugh at those idiots who start to indicate once they are half way through the manoeuvre.

Driving techniques and road safety are things that I have very strong views on. I use my indicators at every opportunity.

Quoting TSS (Reply 6):
Even stranger, I actually look over my shoulder and check my blind spot before changing lanes. When was the last time you saw anyone do that?

Every time when necessary.

Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3065 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 9):
Sorry, but that is Standard Equipment with the Mercury Marquis,

That's why for years Chrysler products, which were much favored by the geriatric set, came with both audible turn signal indicators and turn signal repeaters on the tops of the front fenders.



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3010 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1573 times:
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Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
However, I find it equally annoying when people forget to turn them off after turning a corner, as you can never be quite sure if they are going to turn or not.

This is especially true for motorbikes or so-called scooters (you know, the 50cc thingies kids drive). You need to be especially careful because a blinking indicator is probably blinking only because they forgot to turn it off. And there are many accidents happening like that... there's been a lawsuit recently because the scooter driver stated that "the car driver should have though that I might have forgotten to turn the indicator off" (yeah right)



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
It's against the law and dangerous not to use them here in the UK I believe.

The fines for not indicating in turns and roundabouts in Norway was increased in some time ago. I believe if you're caught here it can result in a fine up to £600(!)

Thom@s



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User currently offline808TWA From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 701 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

I have found that the more expensive the vehicle, the less likely that a signal/indicator will be used.

The authorities talk about "road rage" but in all honesty, they should really be looking at what causes it. Not signaling really gets my blood boiling.

I have come to the conclusion that in the Toronto area, no-one can judge distance or speed. People just look to their left then switch lanes without considering that although the lane was empty, there was in fact someone screaming down that lane at twice the speed of them and they now have to take evasive action to prevent rear-ending them.

Bad driving hits a raw nerve with me.



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Quoting 808TWA (Reply 17):
Bad driving hits a raw nerve with me.

Like this?



User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

I use directionals in all situations but one: If I am in a lane that must turn right or left, I do not use them. As everyone in that type of lane should be following the signage, there is no need for signalling. Yes, I am a hard-headed SOB.

Quoting TSS (Reply 6):
Even stranger, I actually look over my shoulder and check my blind spot before changing lanes. When was the last time you saw anyone do that?

I do it every lane change.


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 18):
Like this?

I'd be laughing so hard, I wouldn't be able to help, had I been there. Must have been a woman  stirthepot .



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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

Quoting 808TWA (Reply 17):
I have found that the more expensive the vehicle, the less likely that a signal/indicator will be used.

Interesting observation. And I must say, one that is dead on balls accurate as well. I don't know the true cause of driver's failure to use them. Laziness? Ego? Absentmindedness? But the typical response I get from a driver when I am preparing to cite them for failing to use their indicator is: "Are you sure? I could have sworn I had it on", followed by, "Oh, well I must have forgotten". One woman did surprise me a while back with her candid response of, "I never use those things". Pay at the window, ma'am.


User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 18):
Like this?

 Big grin

indicators...?




ohh, you mean disco lights!



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 21):
Quoting 808TWA (Reply 17):
I have found that the more expensive the vehicle, the less likely that a signal/indicator will be used.

Interesting observation. And I must say, one that is dead on balls accurate as well.

I noticed the same, the bigger the car the less is the turn signal in use.

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 21):
But the typical response I get from a driver when I am preparing to cite them for failing to use their indicator is: "Are you sure? I could have sworn I had it on", followed by, "Oh, well I must have forgotten".

The response I usually get is: "I sue you, you insulted me" because I always say in such a situation: "Take the train or the bus when you are too fucking stupid to drive a car, you idiot". Big grin

Patrick


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4530 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
I noticed the same, the bigger the car the less is the turn signal in use.

Does your use of the indicators differ when driving the 206 CC and the A8?  Wink

Robert  bouncy 



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25 Sabena332 : Of course not, I always use it properly, no matter which car, motorbike, or truck I am driving. Patrick
26 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Perhaps he should just be glad that he's alive. I actually find lorries are also good at doing this, turn their indicators on to enter a motorway, an
27 DAL767400ER : Oh yeah, definitely, and this BS has already caused me more close calls in the past 6 months or so than I would want. Now, I'll admit that I occasion
28 Post contains images Mirrodie : I use my indicator religiously. It's just simply consideration. I wish I had a vaporizer for the idiots that don't use them. These people are on the l
29 Post contains images EWRCabincrew : But they all say they don't do that. There would be many gone. Hell, we should start a website and post pics or number plates of the a**holes that do
30 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : I'm the same way. It's just simple logic.
31 EWRCabincrew : Unless you're the one that decides use the turn only lane as a through lane or to pass.
32 AirTranTUS : I do, and I always use mine, even when there are no other cars on the road, it's a habit. To answer your rant, remember where you live, Retirement-vi
33 Charger : Me Too. All the time. I do the same.
34 LHMARK : What pisses me off most is when you're on a two lane (per direction) road, behind one car at a busy intersection. The light turns green, and only then
35 Post contains images Femme : Emm...Yes and no Always to turn off a road and always on the Motorways, not so much at roundabouts, T junctions or on the housing estate where I live.
36 N231YE : You're not alone. Don't you love it when you are traveling down a highway and people manage to pull in front of you, no blinker, at less than 1/3 of
37 Post contains images COIAHLGW : .... and who was the knucklehead that invented the red turn signal here in the States? After reading all of the replies above, it seems that a.netters
38 Post contains images YooYoo : If the car has an American licence plate, don't expect the operator to use the signals, in fact get away from the vehicle as quick as you can.
39 MCOflyer : I should use SMOG everyday. What gets me annoyed is when idiots dont use it and cause accidents. MCOflyer
40 AirTran737 : Hell no. Turn signals are a sign of weakness where I come from.
41 Post contains images ACDC8 : Andy, I think that you've just had your point proven ....
42 Post contains images DL787932ER : Always. The worst, though is people who hold you hostage by not using their signal to let you know they're turning into the place you're turning out o
43 Post contains images FriendlySkies : Only time I don't use mine is when I'm on a local road with no traffic around... Drives me nuts when people don't use them (almost as much as those wh
44 Post contains links and images ACDC8 : One of these SMG's? Hmmm, I think you might be on to something ....
45 Vikkyvik : I signal on most turns and lane changes. Of course, I'm not perfect. And there are times that I knowingly won't use it, along the lines of CastleIslan
46 NorthStarDC4M : yes, oh yes, i hate people who don't signal. In this city people stopping at reds then deciding to turn left on green are annoyingly common, you learn
47 MaidensGator : Funny, I think that when I see Quebec license plates.... I always wonder how they managed to get their car to Florida, because they sure as hell coul
49 CanadianNorth : Turning at intersections I signal out of habit, overall it's safer when other drivers can see exactly where you're going Roundabouts I signal simply b
50 Post contains images HAWK21M : The Indicators serve a purpose & it pays to use them regds MEL
51 MCOflyer : Couldn't have said it better myself. Down in Florida, I get very itchy when people do not use their indicators. MCOflyer
52 ShyFlyer : Wow, I was thinking about starting my own signal light rant!! By the looks of things, it appears I'm not the only one who thinks signaling is a lost a
53 Itsjustme : Yep, I see this all the time. Or, when you're trying to make a lane change and the duffas behind you, rather than letting you in, speeds up so he/she
54 Post contains images MCOflyer : Right on. MCOflyer
55 Cxsjr : I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and have passed their [voluntary] advanced driving test. The test measures absolute concentration
56 Raffik : I always use my indicators, and it annoys me when people on the roads do not bother!
57 BHXFAOTIPYYC : It seems to here. Indicators are not used anywhere near enough by most people, but it is worse amongst the BMW / Audi / Merc brigade. Some people fee
58 EWRCabincrew : Hey, that's my car!! Signed AirTran737
59 CaptOveur : I use them... Apparently GM and Ford, in a massive cost cutting measure, deleted them from all their SUVs. BMW and Mercedes-Benz quickly followed suit
60 Post contains images YooYoo : They have different problem, see at traffic lights, they consider green to be green and red to be dark green. Keep that in mind.
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