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Another Pet Peeve - Turn Signals

Updated on July 16, 2012
late again...
late again...

no signal, no warning, nothing...

Picture this! You are driving down the road maybe listening to a popular song from your favorite FM station, at peace with the world when all of a sudden, and out of nowhere, the driver in front of you decides to make an immediate left turn, no signal, no warning, nothing. You quickly make the necessary safety adjustments to your own driving by removing your right foot from the accelerator and lightly touching your breaks to alert those behind you as you automaticly tightening your grip on the steering wheel with both hands and instinctively check your rearview mirror and also the side-view mirrors to make sure you have an avenue of quick escape just in case one is needed. You feel your heart racing slightly and you may even make a brief inaudible statement like, "that was a close one" as you once again gather your thoughts and settle into the music coming from the speakers on either side as well as the ones in the back.

Do you correctly use your turn signals?

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traffic signal
traffic signal

totally oblivious...

You momentarily re-hash the past events realizing that what just happened turned out safely this time but just as well could have had an altogether different conclusion if things had happened just a little differently or you hadn’t been totally aware of your total surroundings just a few moments earlier. “I bet that lady never gave it a second thought,” you mumble tapping the steering wheel lightly in time with the rhythm as you eventually dismiss the momentary interruptions and once again become submerged in your musical surroundings.

different drivers...
different drivers...

Been there, Done that!

Some may be saying, ‘Been there, done that!” and I have too, to many times and you can’t help but wonder, “It would have been so easy to just drop the turn signals or even tap your brakes lightly to alert those behind of your intentions, but some people who drive seem to NEVER consider others! It’s as if they are saying, “Read my mind” or something. I remember when you had to roll down the window in all kinds of weather and indicate with your arm and hand your intentions and I’ve actually seen people pulled over and charged for ‘Not Giving a Turn Signal.’ I know, it’s still an offense but you seldom see the police bother anymore, it happens so frequently. All the modern conveniences made to our All American Automobiles these days that promote safety or make things a little easier on us as we drive in essence is just another reason to raise the prices.

can't wait to get your license...
can't wait to get your license...

it's just the right thing to do...

How quickly we forget the drivers’ manual and test we all supposedly took when we were sixteen just so we could eventually obtain that coveted driver’s license we all carry in our pocket or purse. I don’t know of any state or instance where it’s legal to make a turn from traffic without first alerting others of our intentions. I wish the authorities would enforce this one law more often. It would certainly save lives and may just inform those pesky drivers that don’t use their turn signals that they are not the only people on the road and that being considerate of others is just the right thing to do…

© 2012 SamSonS


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    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Tennessee

      Hi Rebecca, good to hear from you again. Appreciate you comments. Was just thinking of you the other day. I'm not writing much anymore as you can see. Sorta trying other avenues still seeking an online income...

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      5 years ago from Canada

      as always well said, I think we all forget at times, but this is a good reminder.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tennessee

      I heard that! We got those too. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting...

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How about those that go right around the world? There are so many of them. They have their signal on for miles and you think well they just forgot to turn it off when all of a sudden, they are turning after all!

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes, you bring up good points! Why do we have turn signals if not to use them?! A pet peeve indeed.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks so much Rosemay50 for you nice remarks. I never thought of it as an international problem, but I guess it is...

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Left or right turn depending which part of the world.

      I sometimes wonder if drivers know what indicaters are for. Either they don't indicate or they indicate as they are already turning.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks so much Joan for making the first response and I agree. The simpler life is made for us all is yet a hazard or asking to much from someone else...

    • Joan King profile image

      Joan King 

      6 years ago

      That is also one of my pet peeves. It is such a simple act which doesn't take a lot of effort and yet drivers neglect to extend this courtesy.


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