• fb_100001671034469 avatar Paul Posted: 5/7/2012 11:11am PDT

    The author poses a serious question about the dangers of not signaling.
    But I think he misses the reason why people don't signal turns and lane changes.
    It's not that they "forget" to signal: they're simply so self-absorbed that it doesn't occur to them that others are on the road who might benefit from prior notice of their intended direction.

  • FlowRW avatar FlowRW Posted: 5/7/2012 10:30am PDT

    I would say that number of 25% in full turns not using their signal is modest. I would bet 75% don't use them in Charlotte. And signal a lane change? Here if you signal a lane change, people speed up so you can't get in. The mantra here seems to be, if there's room, do it. Doesn't matter if you brake immediately and turn (no signal of course). Driving patterns are getting much worse, definitely not better.

  • fb_100002542557982 avatar Max Posted: 5/7/2012 6:03pm PDT

    Unless "smart turn signals" can anticipate where you car will go next, I don't see them being useful at all. The whole point of a turn signal is let others around you know what you intend to do *in advance*. By the time you're making a move a turn signal is already too late...

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 5/8/2012 4:00am PDT

    They don't anticipate where you'll go, but a little alarm sounds every time you turn or change lanes without signaling (kind of like today's lane-assist safety devices). The idea is that eventually, you'll pay more attention to your turns and lane-changes and start using your signal regularly.

  • fb_100000236301719 avatar Albert Posted: 5/7/2012 8:47pm PDT

    I've used my turnsignals since day one as A driver-trainee, then ever since as a licensed driver.

  • 4ron avatar 4ron Posted: 5/8/2012 5:32pm PDT

    California is the worst. No one bothers to signal.