Wednesday, May 02, 2007
To Turn or Not To Turn
I just got home from work. My commute includes driving along one section of interstate that takes about ten minutes. During that time I pass several exit ramps before reaching my exit. Today as I pulled onto the interstate, I fell in the line of traffic behind a guy with his right turn signal on. I assumed he was taking the exit that was coming up almost immediately.
Wrong. He did not exit.
We moved on to the next exit. His right turn signal was still blinking. But no exit.
Next exit. Same result.
And all this time he was driving in the right-hand lane so I knew he wasn't changing lanes.
How does this happen? When I turn on my signal it makes noise. It clicks right along with each blink. And yes, it blinks. Right in front of my face. Right there on the dash along with all those other little controls, that arrow is blinking on and off. Blink. Click. Blink. Click.
Hard to miss.
But this guy missed it. He missed it for almost ten minutes!
Finally, as I approached my exit, he pulled off the highway onto the same exit ramp. Finally! He turned right.
BUT...just as he started to make his move, almost simultaneously, he turned OFF this right turn signal!!!
For those of you keeping score, that's ten minutes of signaling with no turn, followed by one turn without a signal.
I'm guessing he did not graduate summa cum laude from his driver's ed. class.