Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Click click. Click click. Click click...

It's not hard folks. You don't even have to take your hand off the steering wheel. You can keep one finger from your "pickin' hand" firmly up your nose, hold the wheel with your "drivin' hand" and still flick the turn signal with your fingers.

No, it's not the greatest problem facing humanity right now. No, it won't affect society, oil prices, who sits where around the caucus table or the amount of snow we get. However, the use of the turn signal here in Canada is not optional. It's actually a required part of changing lanes or going around a corner.

So, I'm going to rant about turn signals for a while. I have the feeling that next week, afterTuesday I'll have enough material for a book. Add to that, we have a Provincial election coming up at the end of the month and I'll have enough politics and evironmental and social policy issues to write ad nauseum.

For today then, we'll discuss turn signals.

Some cars have separate orange indicators. On others, they are part of the red brake light assembly. Some cars have a separate stalk near the steering wheel just to turn the lights on and off and on others (like my minivan) you have the windshield wipers/washer, cruise control and the turn signals all sharing one multi-function, plastic stick.

I once asked a guy "Why don't you signal at the corner or to change lanes?". His answer... "Takes too much effort." As I pointed out above, you can still comfortably pick your nose, drive and signal all at the same time. Too much effort my ass. This was the same guy that could surf through his entire 10 disc cd changer while driving. This was the same guy that could drive, drink coffee and eat a full lunch at the same time. Yet, using the turn signal was too much effort.

And he's not alone. I see it daily. Hell, I see it multiple times in a day. I once saw a driver pull up to a red light, come to what could be generously called an incomplete stop and go around the corner without signaling - in front of a cop. Nothing happened.

Maybe I'm a geek (of course I am, I keep a blog), maybe I'm asking too much. But, please use the damn signal.

That way, I could use my horn less.


Blogger deeol said...

Not a pet peeve with me at all, oh no.

You gave me an unexpected laugh just now... I feel like I'm stalking you. I'd just finished making a pointless comment (pointless being my specialty) on your last post and when I refreshed there was a new post.

Now my other comment makes me look like a doofus, but since I don't mind that I'll just leave it there. :P

2:27 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe in turn signals. We were better off when we had to use hand signals. Yes, I can remember when.
Don't ever go to Miami, Fl. They just point the car
in the direction which they want to go. It is called the Miami hustle. No signals, no nothing. People just
careen from left to right, crossing three lanes right
in front of you. We were down there in our motorhome
stopped at a red light in the left hand turn lane, and
a guy to our right, did a U turn around the front of our motorhome (he never actually got much into the intersection, just used us as a buffer) and u-turned
around us. It was unbelievable. I still have trouble
believing I saw it. OH yeah, and go look at my reply in Deeols drivers license blog thread. I sent you the proof! Are we crazy in this state, or what?

10:50 a.m.  

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