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Is it that hard to signal?

By CheeJun on 10 Nov 2010

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I'm sure I'm not the only one having to deal with this problem on the roads of our sunny little island. Lanes will be cut by these imbeciles who don't know how to use their right or left hands to flick the indicator switch when they want to change lanes. Maybe if they were driving a Ferrari 458 (not saying that just because they drive a Ferrari they can afford to be idiots, but the indicator buttons are on the steering wheel so that makes things a little more confusing, just fyi) I'd understand but the fact of the matter is, they don't.

Why in the first place do people change lanes or filter out without using that stalk behind the steering wheel which has 2 arrows on it, one left, one right? Well, one can deduce that they may be stupid. Or two, they just can't be bothered because they feel that other drivers have to look out for them instead of them taking the responsibility of their own cars and their own lives in fact. This has been a problem on many roads, not just ours, for eons now and such people still exist. As one of our fellow bloggers on myautoblog coined it, it really is a part of motoring hell.. I've been trying not to write about this point for quite a while now hoping that there will be some drivers here who can change my mind about the situation at hand, but to no avail. A car just squeezed into what would seem like the length of a Perodua Kelisa, right in front of me on an expressway despite the ample room behind me which the driver could have waited just a second longer to change lanes. Are we Singaporeans really that busy? Is there no time to spare to accommodate for safe and considerate driving?

So please, this is an appeal to all drivers who read this blog and this article.. use that signal stalk of yours! It'll make driving slightly more pleasant on our already terrorized roads.

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Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Kr_toy Nov 10 2010 05:28 PM
Well, those are the ugly ungracious drivers..that is unfortunately mimicking the kiasu and self-centre mentality, that would like to abuse and take advantage of gracious behaviour of other drivers, wait until JB/old car at the side rammed them then they will start learn their lesson
CheeJun Nov 10 2010 07:42 PM
Exactly.. these group of people make driving dangerous and extremely irritating
Ceecookie Nov 10 2010 10:19 PM
On the flip side of the coin, signalling for too long ironically make it more difficult as some drivers speed up instead.

What i do is to settle for the "middle". I.e signal at the pt of changing. Enough time for driver to notice but not for them to speed up biggrin.gif
CheeJun Nov 10 2010 11:28 PM
Ceecookie: yes that is one thing i should have mentioned in the post! thanks for bringing that up! :)
Ilmw Nov 11 2010 03:34 PM
Yes and no. Yes when signaling is needed, like changing lanes and when u want to turn in a lane that can turn AND go straight.

No, when it is not needed like a turn-right or turn-left only lane.

In a lane that can turn or go straight, I will queue up and signal. When a car moves in behind me, i will off signal. Reason is simple: i signal, u already know i will turn (hence will be slow), yet you still come behind me meaning u dun mind or you also turning. if i let signal continue, it is needlessly subjecting u to bright lights until traffic light turn green. so it is pointless and i off signal.
Ilmw Nov 11 2010 03:40 PM
In a turn-left or turn-right SLIP road, sometimes there are too many vehicles queueing up to turn, so the queue might extend out to "block" the rightmost lane in a turn-right or leftmost lane in a turn-left situation.

If I am the most recent car to join the queue and I am blocking the rightmost/leftmost lane that go straight, i will signal.

If another queue behind me and I'm no longer the last car in the queue, I will off signal.
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