You are going to be sorely disappointed if you’ve got a mind like mine and just read the title of this post. I’m talking about your turn signal.
My apologies. I’ve already committed to writing what follows, though, so we may as well muddle through together.
I just can’t seem to win when it comes to the lane change. It’s feast or famine. Either some idiot just bolts in front of me with no signal or some idiot flips on the signal and just comes over.
But, MC, why would they do that while you’re on your badass motor? To be fair, I’m talking about my personal car on the drive home. If someone was fool enough to do something like that whilst I’m working, they’d get a rag for their trouble. Make no mistake, it’s happened many times while I’ve been working. Remember why I love being in Trafffic?
On the way home today, however, I was tooling along minding my own and listening to my Dave Ramsey podcast happy as a lark since the weekend had arrived. Traffic on the freeway was moderate and moving along at a nice 50 mph or so. I had a good 110′ between me and the car in front of me. (Who can tell me why? Come on, fellow traffic nerds, I know you’re out there…).
At any rate, I was in the #3 lane. A car next to me driving at about the same speed and offset around 15′ or so ahead of me signaled a right lane change (into my lane). The driver didn’t wait to make sure it was clear. I’m not even sure the driver bothered to look. The signal came on and the car just came right on over.
I reached over to flip the overheads on then realized a Honda accord doesn’t come standard with a light bar, shamefully enough. I started to get bent and of course yelled words of encouragement in the offending driver’s general direction and had a familiar feeling of warm fuzzies spread throughout my being when I realized I could just take this opportunity to educate my readers on proper turn signal usage (or flame the idiot anonymously over the interwebs…you know, whichever one is more effective).
Enjoy the following section from the California Vehicle Code (read to you in a droning DMV voice…which you will have to make up yourself as this is a blog and there is no voice component):
22107. No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.
The important bits are “…until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal” and “…in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.”
Layman’s terms: You can’t just flip your signal on and make your move. It’s not an Olly-Olly-Oxen-Free move. Just because your signal is on doesn’t mean you have the right to change lanes. You actually have to check your surroundings to make sure no one else is already freaking there!
Had there been a collision, the driver that signaled and changed lanes would have been found at fault and the primary collision factor would have been the section listed above. Unfortunately, there isn’t a section covering driving with one’s head firmly planted in one’s rectal cavity. But, oh if there were….
So, please, from one responsible driver to another. Do us both a favor and look before you leap.
What are some of your traffic pet peeves?
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