Left and right turn blinkers

Maybe it is road rage in me. Maybe I should not expect so much out of drivers who drive a lot just to get to work and back. But can someone tell me since when did signalling left and right when changing lanes and taking turns become optional?

Is it that I need to revisit the driver manual? Or it is just that I should get used to this nonsense? People cutting me off just because I let them. People assuming that the blinker is a must, so they give the signal after moving into the lane. People who just can’t be bothered with anyone around them while they drive across two lanes in their big ol’ bag of crap.

I have had so many instances of late that I have actually started noticing how many people give the signal and how many don’t. Guess what, in the last 3 days, NO ONE I saw used their left and right blinkers. NO ONE! Unbelievable.

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8 thoughts on “Left and right turn blinkers

  1. RPM says:

    It annoys me a lot. And at the same time, makes me look foolish because I do signal all the time! :-)Even when going into a parking spot πŸ˜‰

  2. RPM says:

    Yup, and that is why I tend not to let someone in if they don’t show the signal. Sometimes of course discretion is the better part of valor, and I give in, but generally I am pretty strong on that aspect.

  3. Page 12, Paragraph 3, Subsection ii of the driver’s manual states and I quote: “Turn signals should only be used if/when:1. The person behind you speeds up so as to prevent you from merging. Signal to let them know that you will hit them if they don’t back off.2. You are in the actual process of taking your driver’s test. You will fail if you don’t at least pretend to know what they are for.3. If you are 65 or older and you have no intention of changing lanes whatsoever.” Actually it doesn’t really say that but everyone in LA certainly drives like it does. I say next time you just accelerate and hit them. They’ll think twice the next time.

  4. RPM says:

    Mr. W: But I am not going to see the same guy again on the road…not likely. There would be no point in policing the road – trust me, I have tried and failed πŸ™‚

  5. That’s not even my least favorite SoCal bad driving habit. My least favorite was that when the light turned red at intersections, at least two cars would run the red before a car finally stopped. I was driving around Garden Grove one night looking for a decent place to eat and almost got hit twice.

  6. RPM says:

    @Jib: Oh yea, that is another huge problem. I guess having been in traffic for perhaps 2 hours before that, no one wants to be the one cut off from the left turn. Not that it is a justification or anything …

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