...to expect people to use their indicators?
emsiewill · 04/02/2007 14:23
Why oh why oh why oh why do people not bother to indicate any more?
It drives me absolutely stark raving bonkers when I am driving and the person in front stops unexpectedly and then indicates. Do they not remember "mirror signal manoeuvre"?
Or at roundabouts. Am I supposed to guess which exit they are taking? I spend all my time saying "oh you're going that way are you?"
Or on dual carriageways. I want to overtake, I check behind me, indicate and then pull out. At exactly the same time as the car behind me who isn't indicating decides to pull out...
I haven't been involved in an accident yet, but the way I see people driving, I don't think it will be long...
I'm not perfect, I know that, but I do use my indicators in the correct manner.
I think people should be retested every 5-10 years to ensure they HAVE A BLOODY CLUE. And bear in mind I took 5 tests before I passed on my 6th attempt, failed every time because of nerves, so really would not relish taking another one. But I would do it, for the sake of road safety...
Freckle · 04/02/2007 14:32
I'm with you there. Although my bugbear is when I check behind me, indicate and then pull out the car in front who isn't indicating suddenly pulls out.
And don't get me started on people who overtake queues and then expect all the cars they've just overtaken to slow down so that they can pull in before they hit a bollard or something....
And people who can't be *rsed to say thank you when you stop to allow them past when you have right of way....
Pinotmum · 04/02/2007 14:43
I really think it's such a larf when I indicate to change lanes and the car in that lane speeds up so I can't get over. Oh how I larf. Also when I put my reverse lights on and some lovely pedestrians walk straight behind my car and glare at me - hillarious. Had a horrible bloke in a yellow vest call me all sorts for that - he went purple in the vest when I said "do you know how ugly you look?" and drove off quickly. I'm thinking of getting loud speakers on the top of the car to shout out my manoevres (sp) - reversing, turning right etc.
emsiewill · 04/02/2007 14:53
I'm wondering whether it's just not "cool" or "street" to indicate, and everyone else is sitting in their cars laughing and pointing at me, shouting "look at the geek with her silly flashing lights".
I know this is not an original rant, but these things really do drive me demented.
JillybeansNW · 04/02/2007 14:56
And some drivers don't seem to think it is necessary to indicate if there are no other cars (pedestrians need to know if you are turning into the road they are trying to cross). I have been known to stand in the middle of the road infront of them pointing at their indicators on occasion
emsiewill · 04/02/2007 14:56
I had a gap of 12 years between my first 4 tests and my last 2, and the later lessons I had were much better than the ones when I was 17 - the instructor gave me much clearer information about indicating etc.
My dh passed when he was 17, and has no clue at all about indicating at roundabouts etc.
This is why I think people should be retested every 5-10 years.
emsiewill · 04/02/2007 14:59
Yes, I have had passengers laugh at me for indicating when there is no-one around at all. But I think it's better to do it all the time, and then it becomes automatic.
I am also quite a militant pedestrian - we have a zebra crossing near us, and I shout and point at cars that don't stop when we're waiting to cross - the dd's are absolutely mortified.
LittleBoSheep · 04/02/2007 15:47
This is one of the things that drives me mad too...specially when I have been waiting for AGES at a roundabout and could have pulled out if some idiot had been indicating.
I agree Merc, BMW and AUDI drivers dont seem to feel they need to indicate OR give way on country roads. Its as though the drivers think "look at the car im driving im obviously far more important and busy than you...get out of my way" GRRRRRR
I even indicate when im the only person on the road - then I tell myself what a muppet I am.
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