Turn Signals…


And, amazingly enough, there are actually laws that require their use!  So, in addition to being a good way of letting other motorists know that you’re mentally engaged in the act of driving, letting them know that there’s a reason you’re suddenly slowing down, driving out of your lane or have a hot a clue what you plan to do at that intersection, it’s actually a legally mandated practice!

Of course, unless laws are enforced they’re more or less weak suggestions that only come into play after you’ve done something stupid and caused harm to someone else.

Sorry, it’s just one of my pet peeves, right up there with motorists who are so engrossed in their smart phones & texting that they fail to react to stoplights turning green and then pull their heads out of that dark place just in time to blast through the yellow light while stranding the other motorists behind them as the lights quickly cycle back to red.  Yeah, I’m that guy who nails the horn 2 seconds after a light turns green and a car ahead of me doesn’t react; no, I’m not from the south.  I understand that a car horn has a purpose beyond happy taps to say goodbye or to blow at cyclists who are minding their own business and legally using the roads.

End of my rant.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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2 Responses to Turn Signals…

  1. CBratina says:

    Check the laws in the countries you tour in. We found that Germany requires cyclists to use their right arm for turn signals.

    • TG says:

      Hand signals are technically required here in the US for cyclists as well, and in Georgia they recently change the law to allow for use of left AND right arms vs. just the left.

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