Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Paula ranted about bikinis today. As a male, and other than as an observer, I have no skin in that game, so to speak. But Paula’s peeve last week was all about “those asshats who run red lights.”
My peeve this week is all about those asshat drivers who don’t use their turn signals (aka “blinkers”). WTF? Why not let other drivers around you know when you’re about to change lanes on the highway or when you’re planning to turn left or right?
When I was growing up, in order to get my driver’s licence, I had to know how to give hand signals to indicate if I was going to be turning left or right. I had to demonstrate my mastery of those gestures during the road test.
My father’s car, the one I used to take my driver’s license road test, was a 1953 Chevy Deluxe. When he bought that car, both turn signals and outside rear view mirrors were extra cost options, and he opted not to waste his hard earned money on those frivolous safety features. But by the mid-1950s, turn signals had become standard equipment on many cars. Yet it wasn’t until the late 1960s when turn signals became mandatory.
There are no cars on the road today that don’t come equipped with turn signals. So what is the issue with engaging a turn signal to, um, signal a turn? It’s an easy and courteous thing to do. Especially if you want to avoid having the driver behind you rear-end your car.
Tangentially, don’t get me started on those asshats who change lanes on the highway after diligently using their blinker to signal the lane change, but then don’t turn their turn signal off and keep driving for miles with the signal blinking.
Oh wait. I may have done that on a few occasions. Never mind.