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. Phantom Z3

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    One day I was driving during midday rush hour and I sat 20 minutes and did 1/8 of a mile. In that time, 12-15 cars used the shoulder then merged immediately because there was a cop. The cop never looked behind him so after 7 cars getting by, he looks back and pulls a Porsche over. Now everyone is freaking the heck out and forcing merges. So me, the 335i infronin of me and the Prius infronin of him left 3 inches between our cars and drove up leaving no gaps at all. One lady decides she wants to use force to merge her Yukon and gets within a foot of the 335i but he doesn't budge so now it's my turn, I'm already pissed, and she gets 2 inches from my mirror and I went into a honking, cursing, flicking off rage. And the cop doesn't pull her over. All he has to do is line them all up and issue them all tickets.:toughguy::doh::bang::bang:
     
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    " One lady decides she wants to use force to merge her Yukon........."

    .... and she probably didn't have her signal on ?! (OP). I had a guy yesterday that was trying to wedge in stopped traffic. Me and the guy in front said No way sucker ! Now if he had used his signal I would have let him in NP.
    If you don't ask, you'll have to find a spot behind me.
     
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    She did have her blinker on but at that point I was half an hour late to a job and I couldn't stand how long I sat in the same spot while everyone else was using the shoulder and delaying me further.
     
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    I had almost the exact same thing happen with a twist.

    We were driving home one day from a our vacation spot up in NH back to MA, nice summer day stuck in bumper to bumper before the toll booth.
    My wife's grandmother is in the passenger seat, and my mother in law, my daughter and my wife are in the back seat.

    I'm driving my mother in laws car, which at the time was a very nice car. Some loaded Olds or Buick.

    Anyway similar situation to yours above. But in this case, it's the guy right behind me that decides to travel the break down lane and I can see the LEO ahead.
    He immediately wanted back in.

    This is hot day and all the windows are wide open on both cars.

    The car in front of me was a nice car and the one wanting back in was a nice car.

    So he starts trying to squeeze in on me and I'm staying inches away from the car in front of me.
    This is all very stop and go traffic. Car moves 5 feet, I step on it and slam on the brakes to stay tight. And the guy squeaks in further each time. I can't see how close he is (from my view point it looks like we should be touching).
    Now keep in mind, my grandmother can barely see over the dashboard now. And this isn't even my car.

    Mean while, my wife is pinching my neck, screaming LET HIM IN. And my 90+ year old Grandmother is pinching my arm yelling DON'T LET HIM IN !!!
    My daughter is crying and my mother in law silent during the whole thing. This went on for quite some time.

    Finally the guy in front of me stopped and let him in, rightfully afraid I might end up hitting him.

    I don't think his blinker was on ;)
     
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  5. erickonphoenix

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    I've used them religiously for year so now it's habit. I also do slow signal lane change which is applying your signal early then changing lanes slowly. Sounds silly but it makes you look like your going a lot slower than you actually are. Smooth driving in general is like that, a smooth lap looks like a slow lap but it's actually the fastest lap.
     
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    Great minds. Funny, I do the same thing with the early signal and slow change — for the same reason.

    I’ll tell you where I’m going. And if you do block me, no biggie. I’ll just wait behind until the next gap. It’s not like there’s a prize.
     
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    Yeah... this is why you're my idol. You get that's it's business not personal. Every car is one on ramp away from the next pass. Sharks never swim backwards, always be closing, always be passing. That, and you have some nice weapons.
     
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    Yeah man, LLHs I'm passing on the right don't get to know my intentions. Although I will certainly use an indicator if I think the cars or trucks up ahead need to know.
     
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    *Applauds* Well said. I had to learn that the hard way at karting track. I used to be on the limit of grip and even beyond trying to go faster. My times didn't budge. Relaxed, did things smoother, finding the sweet spot in the throttle so I'm running rich so when I get out of the corner, I'm not running lean. 0.5 seconds off my time instantly. I've been trying to be less tense behind the wheel now and it translates into smoother, faster, safer driving. We don't listen enough to our cars imho.
     
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    I'm a regular platelet donor (every two weeks) at the Camden County Red Cross Center in Pennsauken NJ. I can't remember the highway where I take a left to get on but I'm entering to the far right lane of a five lane road and have about 1.5 miles to cross four lanes to my left to pick up 295 South to get home. I am prepared to miss my exit if it is unsafe to do so but I'm one of those people you hate that does cross four lanes to get home.
     
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    If I tap mine, it automatically does 3 blinks.
     
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    It’s an epidemic in Florida.
     
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    i took a dog run yesterday @Freebird same thing, i turned on my signal cars were several football fields behind me, you could see there hoods raise just to make sure i dont get over... then im going 80 to 85 mph they ride my butt and throw up their hands... surprised more people dont get shot
     
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    I am surprised there are not more reports of shootings and road rage ramming than there are too Bossman. A reflection of our inconsiderate self centered society and I am pretty sure it’s a worldwide epidemic.
     
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    i was reading somewhere that people drive reactivly instead of defensicly or maybe i have that backwards
     
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    You are correct.
     
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    People are "slightly" better drivers than thirty years ago but not nearly as attentive. I find for the most part people in Houston dgaf if you signal or not. They're too busy texting so not a person I want to be in front of anyways. Back in 1987 some clowns decided to be funny and drive tandem down the gulf freeway at exactly 55 mph because that was the maximum speed limit and they were tired of being passed. That traffic jam was insane.
     
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