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Left. Right - It's Simple!

Do you use your Left and Right signals when driving?

Blinkers are a simple concept.  Flick the wand upwards, right blinker goes on. Push the wand down, left blinker goes on.  Slight pressure the opposite way and it turns off.  Easy enough, right?

Well, not for some!

Unused directionals are the most annoying thing to encounter while driving, not to mention extremely dangerous!   It may seem obvious to the driver that their lane is ending and they need to merge, but the person in the next lane behind you may not see this.  The simple switch of the blinker is a kind way to warn them that you are merging over.

Personally, I know when a driver puts on their blinker in any situation, I am more likely to slow down to let them over.  I think most would agree that they are less considerate to people who appear to be cutting them off, often times purposely not letting them over which in the end can lead to accidents and road rage.

So follow the golden rule:

Use blinkers for others, as you would want blinkers used for you!

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John Romano April 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
...lousy drivers make me yearn to be W.C.Fields in the 1932 movie "If I Had A Million"....where he inherits $1-million bucks...buys a fleet of cars...and runs "road-hogs" off the road. ....the classic movie clip is here: http://youtu.be/ZfIoKTTZuUo
CarLotta April 24, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Oh that is a post all on it's own!
CarLotta April 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Using the blinker was one of the first things we learned in driver's ed. Shocked that it's barely used. Everyone with a license learns this - yet not many remember!
CarLotta April 24, 2012 at 03:38 PM
That movie is a "little" before my time but I can see your point!
John Romano April 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
....well...it's WAY before my time too!!! Apparently...bad drivers and "r-o-a-d-h-o-g-s"...were born when the first license was issued. (love how he says "roadhog")

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