It's people who drive who have no concept on how to properly use their turn signal.
No... I'm not talking about the dumb sap who has left his/her turn signal on and is driving with it clicking left for five kilometers. Rather, I am talking about people who truly do not know how to properly use a turn signal. And it freaks me out when I have to watch them drive.
The turn signal on a motor vehicle is to let people in your lane behind and in front of you, as well as in the lanes beside you, that you have the intention of changing lanes. It means you want or need to get into another lane. It means you may need to slow down to properly make the lane change or possibly even speed up a bit to make the lane change as smooth and safe for every one involved.
Let me present you with a scenario and ask you to answer an easy question.
You are driving along and you realize you need to get over one lane. There's traffic. What do you do?
- Just start moving over and hope for the best?
- Wait until there is an opening and move into the other lane?
- Wait until there is an opening and then signal and move into the other lane?
- Signal, and when someone lets you in, you move into the other lane?
If you chose any option other than #4, you are a poor driver. I'll explain.
Option 1: How the hell did you get your license?Failure to signal is a good way to cut some off and possibly kill yourself or the person you are cutting off. Idiots.
Option 2: Again... no signaling? What is wrong with you? It's a courtesy to the cars behind and in front of you... you know... in case they might want to know if it safe for them to change lanes?
Option 3: What is the point? Yes, you are finally getting some manners by signaling... but why are you waiting until the coast is clear. On a busy roadway - like a Toronto rush-hour commute, it is never clear. You will never be able to change lanes.
Option 4: This is how you safely and properly make a lane change. How many people actually do this? Surprisingly here in Toronto, not as many as you would hope.
On any given drive in and out of work, I will be cut off no less than three times. It's okay, though, because I drive like I am going to be cut-off, so my defensive driving prepares me to react. I also have great reflexes - like a cat! Meow!
Look... I was no angel behind the wheel as a young man. I've taken my cars as fast as they will go. I've owned a laser-radar detector. But let me tell you... when you are traveling nearly 240 kph and you have a quarter-mile head start on a cop using a radar or laser on you... you are still going to blow by the cop at an excessive speed. You can not slow down fast enough. I was stupid and lucky to have never been caught. Or killed anyone - including myself.
So... I'm not a great driver... though I suppose since becoming a family man, I have learned how to be a better driver. Hence this rant.
But back to the hate... signal... await an opening... and make your lane change when you are sure it is safe to do so.
Don't forget to give the wave, either.
Do you know what I hate?
It's the improper use of the turn signal.