Turn signals are alternatly called turn indicators.
Indication of a turn is the signal. Running into someones rear end generally means that the runee would be at fault.
Using them in different circumstances is the key to me.
The statement above, sounds like a heavy freeway type situation. In which case, turn away unless you are a complete jerk and aren't passing, or are just cutting someone off for no reason.
Turning off a rural road...well, use em and folks behind you will slow down and not run you into the ditch when you brake to turn. (I hate it when people will not signal and just slow down and I can't pass because I don't know if they are going left or right).
For the boaters out there, this is all laid out..
Inland rules (rivers, lakes, bays etc), is closer to "I'd like to turn, would you let me in" and at sea are closer to "I'm turning, move".
if i ever put my signal on then i know that people can see it, so , if they decide not to let me in i get severly pissed off and become extremely agressive so...i don't use it often but when i do the person at my 7 in the lane i wanna be in will get an ear full
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Technically I think these guys are right. Turning at a stop sign, or coming up one, is a statement. On the highway, changing lanes is a request.
Ideally both situations would act as a statement. In other words, in an ideal society, if someone turned on their blinker, the car behind them in the lane you are trying to move in to would say "Oh, he needs to get over" and slow down. Effectively turning the request, into a statement, because people would be nice and understanding. Unfortunately, today it is more or less "Hey, he wants to get over. F that, I need to speed up before he gets in front of me."
So, I follow Orange's motto. I follow my own advice when it comes to other people, but I don't expect people to be nice to me. If there is a space, I take it. I still put my blinkers on just to be legal, but I don't expect anyone around here to cut me a break or listen to them. I do what I gotta do without causing an accident.
They are called "Lane Change Indicators"... unless you are making a turn. But if some dickweed on the highway and flips on his indicator and just jumps over, it's his fault for running someone off the road.
It all depends on who is in the larger, uglier vehicle
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