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Old 10-23-2013, 07:24 AM   #15
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If they are using the turn signal 10 -15 feet before the actual turn, consider yourself lucky. Most drivers today are clueless behind the wheel since video games don't come with turn signals, and today's drivers learned all they know from Grand Theft Auto...
To answer your question though, as a retired police officer, I know turn signals must be used 100 feet before making the turn.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #16
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My dad, an avid motorcyclist, gave me some of the best driving advice I've ever heard. He said to ride like you're invisible - like no one can see you.

I've found it works well for RVs, too.

Don't give them the chance to nail you.

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:56 AM   #17
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Ah geez, and here all along I thought most people didn't use their turn signals because there was some kind of state tax based on how many times the light flashed... Oh well, as I am always telling the wife, wrong again!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #18
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Smile Usage of turn signals

The correct answer is to ALWAYS drive defensively!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #19
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Where you are has a direct influence on turn signal usage. Moving from the NYC-Jersey-Philly area where it was much easier to predict drivers intentions than in our little section of semi-rural Pennsylvania.

Here is the Lancaster County procedure for making a left turn. Place both passenger side tires on or toward the shoulder side of the fog line. Stop ten feet before the intersection and steer your wheels hard in the direction of oncoming traffic. Wait until there are no vehicles approaching before beginning to accelerate. Shove your right hand, palm upwards through the wheel and crank it over about 1/4 turn. THEN, apply turn signal. Answer cell phone. Slowly make a sweeping wide turn crossing both double yellow lines. Thereby insuring that only one car gets through per cycle.

That's not so bad. Here in Mexico, a slow moving vehicle with a left indicator flashing MAY mean that he expects to be passed. It could mean a left turn is imminent too. Can't really tell all the time.
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Wayne, I think you mis-stated the requirements. '300 yards before' is three football field. ?????? Even 300 feet wouldn't do much good.
Steve,

My bad. I was going by what some others had posted (Search on "300 yards"). Looking at the standard Texas Drivers Licens Manual it states 100 feet before turning or changing lanes.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:01 AM   #21
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I thought that after moving here to NC it was against the law to use turn signals but a requirement to be on the telephone when turning
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How many people do you get behind on a freeway entrance ramp that TRULY know how to merge into the freeway correctly? For me it's about one out of ten or twenty that know how to merge correctly. The rest have no clue at all or could care less to learn. It's all about THEM!
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Funny, the DW and I were just discussing this last week coming home from a trip. One of the problems I see is that traffic is moving so fast that it is difficult to gain enough speed to merge properly. Here in Minnesota the beltway speed is 70mph. The ramps are usually too short to get that kind of speed up, so folks just merge into faster traffic slowing everyone down.

I would lower the speeds on the beltway to 60mph. I think that would solve a lot of problems. Heck, with all that merging, the traffic is disrupted anyway and usually isn't moving along very well.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:28 AM   #23
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Here in Florida I think using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.. ...

Right on the money. Also, it is a dead give away what you are going to do, this automatically makes you a target for a blocking attempt. It is also used as a constantly flashing, fair warning from Blue Hairs and soon to be Silver Alerts that they are or maybe going to turn sometime.
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My personal favorite is when someone ahead of me hits their brakes and begins to slow down and I wonder "why are you stopping?" and then they begin to turn and at the same time turn on their signal. Why even bother?
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My personal favorite is when someone ahead of me hits their brakes and begins to slow down and I wonder "why are you stopping?" and then they begin to turn and at the same time turn on their signal. Why even bother?
Some actually thing they have a limited supply of 'blinker fluid' and try to conserve because they have no idea where the fill neck is for it and are scared to ask.

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By now you should all know that using your turn signals is very hard to do when you are holding your lunch in one hand, your cell phone in the other, and steering with your knees all at the same time! Turn signals end up being the least necessary consideration.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:46 PM   #27
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Here in Florida I think using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.. The guys with their hats on backwards never use them... They also speed up if you use yours. No way you can give them 300 feet of warning you are going into their lane...
We are based out of the Treasure Coast of Fl and concur wholeheartedly. FL has the nations worst drivers. In fact I predict that when society starts to unravel it will begin with a road rage incident on I95 near the Glades interchange.
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Gallagher, aka: the watermelon smasher, had a good line in his routine a number of years ago.

He was suggesting suction cup arrows to shoot and stick on drivers cars that do "dumb A" things. When the police spotted a car with 3 arrows they automatically gave them a ticket.
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