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Pet peeve: Non use of turn signals!

Most drivers here do not use their turn signals, and that includes the police. I can usually spot fellow W. Europeans by their use of turn signals. I have often tried to enter traffic flow from a side street, waiting for a gap, only to have several cars turn into the same street without giving any indication. In my opinion, the proper use of turn signals increase traffic flow, safety, and is courteous. Cheerio, Teutone (aka Horst K)
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Ever notice why there's no "Yield" sign on freeway on-ramps?

Makes it more confusing on who will yield: those entering, or those exitting. In short, it's every man for himself. Drive defensively, make room for error. Or at least try to.

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In general people are dumb ass drivers, so my motto is " I'm taking mine"
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In general people are dumb ass drivers, so my motto is " I'm taking mine"
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In Europe, especially in Germany you get a ticket for not signaling. It's very rare to see a car not using their turn signals. Cheerio, Teutone (aka Horst K)

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Just make sure that your car is always tuned-up and running efficiently. Because, when it's time to step on it...you don't want any hesitation at all!!!

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
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In Europe, especially in Germany you get a ticket for not signaling. It's very rare to see a car not using their turn signals. Cheerio, Teutone (aka Horst K)
It is the law here as well - just never enforced enough - easy to get a ticket for 3 KM over the limit, but cut of 7 cars, three lanes with no signal - Cheerio old chap !
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Most drivers here do not use their turn signals, and that includes the police. I can usually spot fellow W. Europeans by their use of turn signals. I have often tried to enter traffic flow from a side street, waiting for a gap, only to have several cars turn into the same street without giving any indication. In my opinion, the proper use of turn signals increase traffic flow, safety, and is courteous. Cheerio, Teutone (aka Horst K)
When you're self-assured, act with confidence. You'll earn the respect and admiration of many. However, when you're full of doubt and uncertainty, act like a fool, because you can always use that as an excuse.
Seriously, when in doubt concerning who has priority or right of way, a rule of thumb is, yield.

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For here and W. Europe I absolutely agree. However, having lived in W. Africa and Iran, I would never have made it out of those traffic circles, or been able to turn off a main street there. You have six cars in where only four lanes are supposed to be, less than a foot apart, driving next to each other at high speed. If you need to move to the right, you act as if you don't see the car next to you and pull slowly closer. If that car does not yield, you pull back just before contact. You'll find out who blinks first. After a while you get used to, and quite good at this. I had a few occassions where I managed to bluff out Leyland double deckers, no kidding. The only small fender bender I ever had in Tehran happend with another German. We both though that was funny, and went for dinner and drinks (pre Revolution). Cheerio, Teutone (aka Horst K)
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Hey, Horst. I really think the root issue -- at least in the population centers of CA -- is that far too many drivers are concerned only with themselves, with the attitude that they're more important than everyone else. That explains failure to use turn signals for turns or lane changes, failure to stop for insignificant things like stop signs, red lights or even pedestrians in crosswalks, driving on the wrong side of the median on a surface street to get to a different strip mall, backing up on the freeway to the exit ramp you missed, driving even on the shoulder so you don't have to merge until the very last second, etc., etc., etc. Not that there aren't also *bad* drivers out there, but beyond those I see the referenced "I have to get mine NOW" attitude more than anything else.

I work pretty close to a DMV office and if they were to install a couple of cameras at the entrances to the parking lot, they could cut down on the licenses they issue by probably 25-30%. "Nope, no way, not gonna happen, we saw the crap you pulled just driving into the parking lot. Come back next month."

And the DMV knows there are lots and lots of complete morons out there. For example: the drivers' license exam handbook contains this admonishment: You cannot make a U-turn on a ONE WAY STREET!!! I mean really, if someone's brains have receded so far into the lower end of their digestive tract that they have to be told something that basic, maybe operating a motor vehicle simply isn't their bag, ya know? Either that or move to NYC and become a cab driver.
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