when do you signal your turn?

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    Mar 14, 2016 10:58 PM GMT
    Burning important question of the day.

    You're at an intersection waiting for the light to change; is your turn signal on or do you wait until the light turns green?

    I always turn mine on before I get to the turn (as long as there won't be any confusion; e.g., a driveway or something beforehand where I could turn). At a red light I turn it on before or when I get to the red light.

    Before I moved to the SF Bay Area that's what I almost always saw in SoCal. But up here a lot of people don't turn it on until just before they make the turn.
  • Apparition

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    Mar 15, 2016 2:41 AM GMT
    you should maximize information at all times for other drivers. It should be on the second it can't be confused for another turn (driveway etc). While driving it should be on at least 3 times before you change lanes (not like most people who signal if at all, half way done changing lane for half a full flash period).
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    Mar 15, 2016 2:48 AM GMT
    At a traffic light I hate to be sitting there listening to my turn signal clicking. But if first in line I can see the change coming, or obviously in a longer line when it turns green. Then I turn on my signal.

    In moving traffic I signal early enough for others to react. I think the law specifies 100 feet before the actual turn. Though for a highway exit at higher speed I signal sooner.
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    Mar 15, 2016 2:49 AM GMT
    100-200 feet before you turn. A turn signal shows your intent to make a turn or change lanes. It is not an indication of exactly where your turning, just you will turn soon.

    Seems if you put your signals on 333 feet before you turn you will earn a gold star.
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    Mar 15, 2016 3:05 AM GMT
    pellaz said100-200 feet before you turn. A turn signal shows your intent to make a turn or change lanes. It is not an indication of exactly where your turning, just you will turn soon.

    Seems if you put your signals on 333 feet before you turn you will earn a gold star.

    Or a star for confusing, if other earlier turns could be possible.

    Of course here in South Florida it's largely a moot point. Since almost no one uses turn signals. And naturally if you drive a car with a luxury badge you don't have to obey any traffic laws. You'll never get a ticket.

    I learned this in Seattle, from police friends. They told me they rarely ticketed high-end luxury cars. Because the owners were likely rich and influential.

    They'd drag the cop into traffic court, some high-powered lawyer would make him look like a fool, waste his time, and the rich guy would get off with the fine dismissed from a sympathetic judge, who might already know the violator. So the cops just let those cars pass, it wasn't worth the effort.

    And who did the cops ticket? Working-class guys in more modest cars. Whom the cops knew wouldn't fight the ticket, even if it was questionable. They might barely be able to afford the fine, but they'd pay it, the cop would get his quota (and don't ever think there isn't one), and the rich would continue to abuse the roads. Ah, America!
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    Mar 15, 2016 4:41 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidBurning important question of the day.

    You're at an intersection waiting for the light to change; is your turn signal on or do you wait until the light turns green?

    I always turn mine on before I get to the turn (as long as there won't be any confusion; e.g., a driveway or something beforehand where I could turn). At a red light I turn it on before or when I get to the red light.

    Before I moved to the SF Bay Area that's what I almost always saw in SoCal. But up here a lot of people don't turn it on until just before they make the turn.

    The DMV handbook actually tells you turn them on 100 feet away from your turn. So everyone in the Bay area is doing it wrong. icon_lol.gif
    https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/hdbk/signaling

    Also, pedestrians in the Bay Area don't give a fuck about getting hit. They just walk on to the street to cross and expect cars to stop on a dime. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 15, 2016 5:05 AM GMT
    pellaz saidSeems if you put your signals on 333 feet before you turn you will earn a gold star.

    Hey, it's like making my own glitter!
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    Mar 15, 2016 5:07 AM GMT
    xrichx saidThe DMV handbook actually tells you turn them on 100 feet away from your turn.

    I have no idea how far away 100 feet is, and I doubt if very many other people do as well. And especially in a moving car.   icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 15, 2016 6:02 AM GMT
    If I'm sitting at the light, I usually have the flasher on, just to try to catch the attention of cunts who might plow into me from the rear while applying mascara or texting or taking a bong hit instead of driving.
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    Mar 15, 2016 4:40 PM GMT
    Definitely before the turn i would guess about 50 meters
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    Mar 15, 2016 4:51 PM GMT
    For making a turn or exiting the highway, roughly 100 feet erring to sooner rather than later.

    For changing lanes on the highway, when I decide and when the way is clear. I signal for going into the passing lane and for returning to the right hand lane. I make sure I can see the entirety of the car I passed in my rear view mirror before I return to the right lane.
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    Mar 15, 2016 8:19 PM GMT
    What's a turn signal? Is that the thing that always blinks on the left side for 20 miles while people are driving down the interstate?
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    Mar 17, 2016 2:26 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    xrichx saidThe DMV handbook actually tells you turn them on 100 feet away from your turn.

    I have no idea how far away 100 feet is, and I doubt if very many other people do as well. And especially in a moving car.   icon_neutral.gif

    It's 5 car lengths.
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    Mar 17, 2016 3:43 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    xrichx saidThe DMV handbook actually tells you turn them on 100 feet away from your turn.
    I have no idea how far away 100 feet is, and I doubt if very many other people do as well. And especially in a moving car.   icon_neutral.gif
    It's 5 car lengths.

    Ah-hah, thanks; that helps.

    (I'll refrain from asking if that's 5 Cadillacs or 5 smart fortwos. icon_twisted.gif )
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    Mar 17, 2016 2:17 PM GMT
    the current batch of road kill, their mothers (with personal safety issues) taught them to drive.
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    Mar 17, 2016 4:00 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhat's a turn signal? Is that the thing that always blinks on the left side for 20 miles while people are driving down the interstate?

    It's the cheapest insurance policy and defense counsel you'll ever buy.
    Your point about mindless blinkers is a valid one, and I try to wake them up by tooting my horn as I pass them and point to my dashboard. It usually works.