Breaking News: Turn Signals Standard in All Cars
Just a quick Friday rant from me today. When did flipping on the turn signal while driving become so difficult that we decided it was an unnecessary function of operating a vehicle? I do believe that communication skills have eroded significantly over the past decade or more and this is just another symptom.
Using turn signals while driving is a form of communication — at least when done correctly. Leaving your signal on for several blocks or miles is sending out another message entirely. Proper use of a signal lets all the other drivers around you know what you’re up to. When no signals are given, everyone else is forced to guess at your intentions.
Imagine interacting with your friends or family without talking. Now, some of them you may know well enough to correctly guess their wants and needs without that communication, but even so, your anxiety level would surely rise and it would take longer to get anything done. Providing others with simple information makes our daily lives much more efficient and pleasant.
So, please, be conscious of others while out on the road. Be willing to impart some tidbits of information to your fellow drivers, “I’ll be turning left shortly.” If we all do this, I think you’ll find a much more enjoyable driving experience. Happy Friday everyone, and be safe out there!