Using turn signal when moving over

Discussion in 'Stories from the Front Lines' started by Bossdad71, Jun 11, 2018.

how many of you put your turn signal on before moving over on Interstate

Poll closed Jun 14, 2018.
  1. yes

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  2. no

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  3. depends

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  1. Bossdad71

    Bossdad71 Premium Member Advanced User MFG/Vendor Premium Member

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    Is it me or does it seem like if a person is attempting to move from the slow lane to the fast lane to pass a car, no matter how far a car might be in the "hammer" lane they speed up in an attempt to keep you from pulling out?
    I finally just put my turn signal on as i'm coming over. I have tried to be nice but people will speed up just until they are right next to you and just sit there.

    I'm curious if anyone else has seen this
     
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    CPB Left Lane for Passing Only Beginner User

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    I'm genuinely passing if I am in the passing lane. Guys that suddenly come out in front of me blocking would cause me to have to brake hard, so I usually pass them on the right.
     
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    I signal my intentions, meaning a hole is already there in the other lane for me to move in to (a turn signal is NOT used to make a request to create a hole), and I'll ideally let it flash for several seconds before making my move. Now, I am watching my rear view mirror as I hit my signal. If the instant I hit my signal the guy behind me in the other lane starts to speed up, I'll make a snap move over into the other lane. That let's him know that my signal was NOT an invitation for him to hammer the throttle!
     
  4. Bossdad71

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    that's what i'm talking about, they can be 100 yard behind me, and as soon as I hit my turn signal they speed up. makes my bp go out of the roof
     
  5. HeartDoctor

    HeartDoctor PSL + 5 never more;) Advanced User

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    In Florida, it seems either turn signal use is illegal or most cars don’t have them. However, if you do encounter a flashing turn signal, most likely it is unrelated to any planned vehicle movement and may persist for miles. I should also note that stop lights also can be misleading here as some drivers rest a foot on that pedal continuously, even when accelerating. I’d bet their brakes require frequent service and their gas mileage is not great. The upside is failure to signal is unlikely to get a ticket. Easier to just use radar.
     
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    Depending on traffic; if I have to signal to inform others behind me, I do.
    If I'm reasonably clear (1/4 mile ahead or so) and traveling faster that the #1 lane I don't.
    Usually I change lanes so quietly and smoothly, people don't even realize. :)
     
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    gmcv893 PSL +5 Intermediate User

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    Isn't this the truth... Driving into work today I was behind someone who had their brake lights on, and I thought the stop switch was broken or something. However, eventually down the road I saw the brake lights go off so I'm thinking this is a terrible driver.
     
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    And there is always the old "signal left, move right" ploy! :argh:
     
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    I never signal my intentions to the enemy!
     
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    I used to have a dumb friend that thought it was hilarious to turn on emergency flashers at forks in the highway... :rolleyes:
     
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    If I don’t use my signal, I feed the BMW stereotype :D
     
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    I can't stand people not using their signals. I use them religiously. I use them even if no one is around, just so I don't get in the habit of not using them.

    Using a turn signal is common courtesy to your fellow man. It's no different than saying "behind you" in a busy kitchen. Just because some people act like aholes and don't use them doesn't mean we should take a cue from them or stop using them in some sort of misguided retaliatory measure. That just becomes a vicious circle with more and more people not using them.
    :ughh:

    I use mine whenever I intend to get over or make a turn. I indeed do use it as a request in some situations as well, and believe it or not, there are still people out there that aren't aholes and will let me in if I only just ask.

    We complain and have entire threads dedicated to lambasting idiots on the road. Don't become one.
     
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    If I don’t signal it defeats the BSM (which can be useful, despite radar detector headaches). It also defeats lane assist.

    So even though I always did use it, I’m reminded if I forget. It will think I’m drifting and nudge the wheel back if I don’t signal my intentions.

    I’m certainly a less aggressive driver than I used to be. And don’t notice that issue that much. I’m more concerned about what music is playing.
     
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    smokinu454 county road cruisin Advanced User

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    For the aforementioned reason, I give it the old 3 click lane change signal as I’m getting over.
     
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    Salty Get out of my way Advanced User

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    In addition to using it to merge onto an interstate, I've found that using it before switching lanes, people are more likely to slow down for you to allow you to move in front of them. It's not 100%, but I've definitely noticed, turning on the turn signal, and waiting for someone to slow down, works the majority of the time. Of course, you could always just cut them off too, but I'd rather not have to deal with idiots road raging.
     
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    I generally use my turn signal unless there are no cars around. When I do use my turn signal its because I have room and I'm letting you know what I'm doing, not asking for permission. If you try to speed up to block me go ahead and hit me...my cameras will record your assholery and the fine for aggressive driving is fairly steep in FL.

    This might apply in Niceville USA but in most large cities it just lets people know to accelerate and block you out. That's why I don't signal hoping for kindness. I wait till I have an opening and then signal as I go.
     
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    I use them almost always but I'm definitely not going to say I don't forget in the heat of the moment sometimes. I think my problem is I signal if the road has a sharp bend and my left fingers hit the stalk subconsciously even though there are no intersections or lanes there sometimes. Its all a matter of habit. Like nosedives :roflolmao:
     
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    I see exactly this every-blinkin-day! I wish I could get away with a James Bond type attachment to the back of my car. Hit a button and a solenoid opens a Pandora's box of nail, glass, screws.

    What a perfect post @OBeerWANKenobi!
     
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    "All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
     
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    I was taught you don’t use them every time for the purpose of habit (although there is nothing wrong with that). You use them every time because you should always assume someone COULD be there that you missed.

    It’s like you folks with guns, that have a rule to treat a gun as always loaded.

    Treat your car as if it could always ram into someone. Someone might be thinking to move into the center from the left lane exactly at the time you’re thinking of moving into the center from the right lane.

    He wasn’t there when looked officer.

    That’s why BSM is kind of cool. Because it allows you to keep “looking” simultaneously with your ears. After you’ve checked your mirrors.

    And the adaptive cruise control is looking forward while you scan your mirrors.
     
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