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View Poll Results: Turn signals should be used...
...to make a statement. "I'm turning! Move outta the way!" 10 47.62%
...to make a request. "I'd like to turn, can I enter your lane?" 11 52.38%
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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Turn Signaling: Opinion

Here's yet another useless opinion poll:

Was listening to a couple friends arguing the other day about turn signaling. (yes...stupid friends arguing about useless stuff)

One was arguing that turn signals are to be used to make a statement: "I'm turning. Period. Move outta the way!"

The other was arguing that turn signals are to be used to make a request: "I'd like to turn, would you let me in?"

So, should they be used to make a statement or to make a request?

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Old 11-26-2008, 11:17 PM   #2
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Both,

If you are coming up to a stop sign and need to turn .....statement.

If you are murging into another lane...... request

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Old 11-26-2008, 11:26 PM   #3
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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".
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:55 AM   #4
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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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Old 11-27-2008, 08:20 AM   #5
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:53 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:12 AM   #7
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It is a statement, because I am either turning or getting in that lane regardless of whether I end up ahead or behind of the person who sees my turning signal.

Now ask me about the redundant use of turn signals in the turning lane.
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Shouldn't you be eating turkey on the beach by now?
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It's only 8:30 in the morning.... and it's pouring rain.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:15 PM   #10
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It is a statement... However, it's also courtesy to use them. I can't tell you how many expletives I've muttered when people dart over in front of me or turn at a corner without using them.

My favorite response is: Toyota (or what ever vehicle model applies) must have made turn signals optional that year!
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:18 PM   #11
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Part of the reason we have them is because we are often mistaken about whether we are making an announcement or request.
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Option #3 in the Poll should be:
I'm changing lanes, please allow me the proper space..................... you F'n idiot!
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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.
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It all depends on who is in the larger, uglier vehicle
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:59 AM   #15
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It all depends on who is in the larger, uglier vehicle

. I agree with you skeeter. Tracker vs. Jeep. Jeep Wins. F350 Vs. Dump Truck. Dump Truck Wins. Miata vs. Bicycle. Bicycle Wins. Miata vs. Miata. Somehow bicycle still wins.
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. I agree with you skeeter. Tracker vs. Jeep. Jeep Wins. F350 Vs. Dump Truck. Dump Truck Wins. Miata vs. Bicycle. Bicycle Wins. Miata vs. Miata. Somehow bicycle still wins.
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