I’ve been passionate about their use since I was sixteen.
They save lives.
You can do it with one hand.
You can do it without looking (in fact, it’s preferable that you do.)
You would wonder in a world with crisis, disaster, abandoned animals, inadequate educations, chemical-laden foods, religious transgression, that I would latch onto something so much simpler.
But heck no. turn signals it is.
Well, they must be important, since the colors are specified through the 1968 United Nations Convention on Road Traffic. The United Nations, people.
(Like they need any more red lights in Amsterdam.)
It is such an easy, such a basic, everyday way to save people lives, sanity and acheive more peace in the world.
But sadly, turn signals have been ignored by many drivers since Buick put the first ones on in 1938.
It seems so many drivers are so self-centered, they just assume any driver will just let them go first and do whatever they will, ignoring the rule of sharing the road.
Two cars facing each other in an intersection can go at the same time if one is turning. In fact the one going straight gets to go first! So if you don’t have a signal on, do not flip me off through your window or call me names my toddler can’t say yet when I go straight while you try to turn into my path.
And do not assume that I will just ‘know’ you plan on turning as you sit there in the middle of the road, instead of wondering if you’re texting or just changing the channel on your radio.
The turn signals are conventiently located on the steering column.
Right by the steering wheel.
The little lights even show up inside the car too! You can tell not only if it is in fact on but which way it is pointing! And cars nowadays turn off the turn signal for you, making your job half as hard.
See? The car is rewarding you for taking care of it, for respecting it and showing your intentions on the road.
I’ve heard using your turn signals can actually lead to better gas mileage, longer lasting ‘new car smell’ and an improved sex life (that has, actually, nothing to do with your car. Unless you like it there. Have fun with that.)