Drivers are always complaining how craaaazy bike riders are, what with their wanting to “share” the “road” and “biking” in “bike lanes.” Well, it turns out that drivers are really bad at using the roads, too. And especially at using their TURN SIGNALS.
According to a new study from the Society of Automotive Engineers, 25 percent of the time, drivers do not use their turn signals when turning. And 48 percent of the time, drivers do not use their turn signals when changing lanes.
Which, just, AGH. The poor Society of Automotive Engineer people are probably pulling their hair out and thinking “We MADE YOU THESE TURN SIGNALS! Is it REALLY so hard to use them?” (Actually they are thinking: We have devised a technological solution to this problem — please give us money to make it!) But really … is it so hard? Is it really so hard to think … hm, I’m about to move this 4,000 pound hunk of metal going at 70 miles per hour in a way that no one except me realizes that I’m about to move it? Maybe I should indicate that intention to other drivers, who cannot read my mind?
But apparently that is not what drivers think.