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To ask drivers to please indicate BEFORE turning

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LittleTurtle Thu 15-Nov-12 10:59:56

not AS they turn because they are about to knock you over as you are in the middle of crossing the road.

They know in advance they will turn left at the light, why leave it till the last minute. This morning driver almost knocked over this woman with her child on the school run and had the nerve to swear at them, when I clearly saw the mom look out for cars turning in and the driver did not indicate as he approached.

I see a lot of this in London. Some don't bother to indicate at all. I guess now I have kids I notice it even more.

Fakebook Thu 15-Nov-12 11:05:22

London has some horrible drivers, especially taxi drivers.


SlightlySuperiorPeasant Thu 15-Nov-12 11:07:24

What are these indicators of which you speak? Never heard of them in my life!

Thistledew Thu 15-Nov-12 11:11:10

YANBU. checking your mirrors before you start the manoeuvre is advisable as well. It is MIRROR, SIGNAL, MANOEUVRE, people. Not rocket science.

Doing it in reverse order is not good enough. I will yell at you if you pull out into my path when I am on my bike.

Thistledew Thu 15-Nov-12 11:13:05

I am always tempted to draw up along side offenders at traffic lights and, ever so friendly, ever so helpfully point out to them that their indicators are not working- then feign astonishment if they confess to not using them.

IHeartKingThistle Thu 15-Nov-12 11:14:46

I was a pedestrian for years and this happened to me many times,even with a baby in a pram. So dangerous. Now I am a driver I make sure I indicate in plenty of time and am gobsmacked at the number of pedestrians who just walk over side roads without even looking for indicating cars!

DawnOfTheDee Thu 15-Nov-12 11:14:53

YANBU. I HATE this. Especially when they turn them on when they're halfway round the corner and about to plow into me.

Fakebook Thu 15-Nov-12 11:15:43

You should also signal before putting your brakes on so the driver behind you knows why you're slowing down

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Fakebook Thu 15-Nov-12 11:16:41

Oops. Pasted that by accident.

LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 11:20:37

Well said.

And drivers need to realize that if someone is already crossing a road they're turning into, the pedestrian has priority!

LessMissAbs Thu 15-Nov-12 11:22:08

...or if you're going to mount a pavement to park on it, at least have the decency to indicate first so I can flee out of your way, instead of pressing myself against the boundary wall!

hazleweatherfieldgirldetective Thu 15-Nov-12 11:28:12

Now I am a driver I make sure I indicate in plenty of time and am gobsmacked at the number of pedestrians who just walk over side roads without even looking for indicating cars!

If you're crossing a give way line to join the road that they are crossing then it is you that is in the wrong in this scenario. They are already using the carriageway and therefore have right of way. Your indicator does not override a give way line. It means exactly what it says on the tin; give way to those already using the road/lane you are about to join.

DozyDuck Thu 15-Nov-12 11:29:56

I always slow right down and stop if someone is walking up to a road. People rarely look and it's their right of way anyway

FeijoaVodkaPlease Thu 15-Nov-12 11:30:13

Nope YANBU. I'm sick of being nearly hit by cars driven by people who think indicators are optional.

Also sick of standing in the pouring rain with my small children waiting for cars to go through an intersection so we can cross over, only for said car to turn at the intersection. Oi dickhead. You clearly saw us waiting. Turn your indicator on so I know it's safe to cross and therefore get home out of the storm sooner.

IHeartKingThistle Thu 15-Nov-12 11:32:06

Hazle I do know that! They should still bloody look!

FeijoaVodkaPlease Thu 15-Nov-12 11:34:50

Oh and I'm no where near London.

BallyGoBackwards Thu 15-Nov-12 11:35:10

When I moved to England it was one of the first things that I noticed. Alot of drivers dont indicate. Especially on roundabouts. It drives me to distraction.

Thumbwitch Thu 15-Nov-12 11:39:29

YANBU. I used to find it was drivers of more expensive vehicles that were the worst offenders <<gross generalisation>> which led me to wonder whether they had to pay extra for functional indicators and decided not to bother.

Peetle Thu 15-Nov-12 11:41:15

After several years of study I find the indicators must simply not work on BMWs. Their windows are largely opaque too.

Boomerwang Thu 15-Nov-12 11:42:29

Aren't pedestrians meant to use proper crossings? If they're crossing the road without using one, surely they are in the wrong?

Although 9 times out of 10 a driver would be to blame for any incident involving a pedestrian.

LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 11:44:14


Where on earth do you live, boomer?

In the UK you could never cope if you only used pedestrian crossings - where I grew up the nearest would have been in the next village, four miles away!

goldenlula Thu 15-Nov-12 11:51:25

Trying to work out a route to school where I only cross using a crossing. All I can do is walk round the block, infact that is literally all I can do if I only cros the road on a crossing. Even as a driver I wish people would use indicators better and more often (and I include my DH in this wish).

Spatsky Thu 15-Nov-12 11:51:40

Was thinking the same lord. Am imagining the routes I would have to ,walk by only crossing at pedestrian crossings!

Spatsky Thu 15-Nov-12 11:52:14

Er that was lrd, not suggesting you are the almighty!

LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 11:54:58

grin I could get to enjoy this new form of address ...

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