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Old 10-22-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Useage of turn signals

This applies mostly to following automobiles and when they actually turn on their turnsignals. Is it just me or do most drivers have no idea when the turnsignal is supposed to be used when approaching a turn? I was always under the impression, and from remembering what I read in the Driver's training manual, the turn signal should be used approximately 100 feet before the turn. Not 10-15 feet and not turned on as the turn is being started. And it certainly does no good to turn it on after already accessing the turn lane.

Am I just enduring the bad drivers or do the rest of you notice this also? It really keeps you on guard whenever a car is ahead of you and wondering what they might or might not do, even with the appropriate following distance. No close calls yet but would really appreciate a driver using his turn signals a little head of the turns.

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Old 10-22-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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They don't have a clue! I imagine that states have different laws, but if you re taking the driving test in Texas the will deduct points if you do not turn you turn signals on 300 yards before making the turn.

What I have found out is that some states don't require the manufacturer to even have turn signals. Well, at least that is how it appears.

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Old 10-22-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Oh I just love it when they signal for a left turn
and move over to the right side of the #1 lane to a complete stop before turning left
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:36 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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In some areas, if somebody has a turn signal constantly flashing, it was probably on when they bought the car.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:13 PM   #6
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What you are experiencing is the lack of having a well designed Driver Education class in the high schools like they had when I was going to school back in the late 50's early 60's.

Most people today are too busy either texting, talking or Facebooking on their personal communication devices for them to even pay attention to their driving or turns.

Just today I was following a lady in the curb lane because I knew I would need to make a right turn a few lights down the road. Once we are approaching that specific light and intersection she turns on her left signal and stops in the lane so she can move 5 lanes over to make a left turn. Yeah Right !!!

People are totally oblivious and really have no clue as to how to drive these days. They aren't taught and they are never corrected when they screw up. Plus I believe most of them don't really care about others around them. They only really care about themselves.

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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Old 10-22-2013, 10:35 PM   #7
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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...
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:42 PM   #8
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I have noticed a distinct lack of the use of of turn signals in recent years. My biggest pet peeve is when someone gets mad when they want to move into my lane WITHOUT USING TURN SIGNALS!! I mean, am I supposed to be psychic or something? Jeez....
I will almost always allow someone in the next lane to cut in if they use their turn signals. The rest can go pound sand for all I care.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
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Out here in LALA Land the assumption is made that you can read my mind so must know what I am going to do. Not only that but it is really tireing to pull/push that little lever. No, my mirror is adjusted so I can see my face, by the way what is that bright blue light on my dash board.

I know I am off my rocker to live in CA.

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:48 PM   #10
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On my "ranch truck" I have a bumper sticker that says:
I'm old I supposed to leave my turn blinkers on

I try not to do that but at least they are warned (LOL?)
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:08 PM   #11
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As a driver education instructor, I can tell you that students are instructed to turn on their turn signal st least 100 feet prior to any turn or changing lanes. Unfortunately, people get lazy once they no longer are worried about passing a road test. It is the biggest complaint I hear from new drivers. People of all ages and experience are too distracted to remember the requirements of the law.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:13 PM   #12
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Some places you don't want to use turn signals as it just gives the other drivers a heads-up of where you are going - making it easier for them to cut you off.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:40 AM   #13
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Red face

Turn Signal misuse (or no use!) is one of my pet peeves, as is misuse of turn lanes! I have been nearly hit when trying to turn left in a turn lane (clearly marked) only to have the moron in the through lane with NO signal on suddenly turns across the turn lane into me! I guess the blind are allowed to drive now....?

I no longer trust any driver. Always be ready for them to do the wrong thing.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:01 AM   #14
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I consider use of my turn signal fair warning.....

Their turn signal, a courtesy?

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