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Indicate, indicate indicate…..

By Innovation - 13 February 2012 44

Honestly, drivers it’s not that hard. That stick on your steering wheel is to tell everyone (including those people that you can’t see) where you intend to go. Don’t assume that your direction is obvious or, like some people I know, only indicate if you can see another car that you think might be affected by your actions.

As an ocassionally disabled pedestrian I sometimes need to allow a lot of time to get across the road. It is very frustrating when I have been waiting a long time for a car to go past only to watch them indicate at the last minute (or not at all) and turn just before they get to me. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for extremely disabled and slow moving people, the elderly or those with children.

Don’t the Greens have a policy along the lines of giving priority to pedestrians and a legal weighting if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. As a pedestrian I wouldn’t want to argue right of way with a four wheel drive and it would be small comfort from my hospital bed if I had the force of law behind me, but something needs to be done to give pedestrians more power.

Someone has to have a gripe on Monday morning so I thought that I would have a go…

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Indicate, indicate indicate…..
Thoroughly Smashed 1:13 pm 13 Feb 12

Dilandach said :

One thing I learnt in my time driving around Canberra.

Don’t trust anyone’s driving. Ever. Always assume they’re essentially Mr Magoo.

Actually you should have learned this from your driving instructor, but regardless, you will learn this driving anywhere.

GBT 1:07 pm 13 Feb 12

schmeah said :

EvanJames said :

I wish someone would explain to me what they think they are doing when they have their right indicator going as they exit a roundabout.

Sorry, I think I’m someone you are talking about. I was taught to indicate when exiting a round-a-bout .. it gives brain dead drivers the signal that they can speed off and get home that 10 seconds earlier! Everyone wins!

This is only for multi-lane roundabouts. Just saying roundabouts confuses the issue.

astrojax 12:50 pm 13 Feb 12

It is very frustrating when I have been waiting a long time for a car to go past only to watch them indicate at the last minute (or not at all) and turn just before they get to me.

yes, well, though you want to have people indicate to let you know their intentions – DON’T TRUST THEM! (indicators, not people – though that’s a separate issue)

as a motorcyclist, i was taught, very sagely, to never trust an indicator and to not cross into a vehicle’s path until they are out of the way (either turning just before you, or zooming past with their indicator still on in error [or turning just past you…])

as far as i am aware, the underlying premise on road rules is that a pedestrian has right of way unlesd they’re stupid enough to use it, or something like that…

00davist 12:49 pm 13 Feb 12

schmeah said :

EvanJames said :

I wish someone would explain to me what they think they are doing when they have their right indicator going as they exit a roundabout.

Sorry, I think I’m someone you are talking about. I was taught to indicate when exiting a round-a-bout .. it gives brain dead drivers the signal that they can speed off and get home that 10 seconds earlier! Everyone wins!

Yes, and you are supposed to indicate an exit, but do you use your right or left indicator to do so?

Lets say you are going straight through a round about, you should indicate your exit, with your left turn signal, starting just after you pass the 1st exit of the roundabout (assuming a 4 exit roundabout)

schmeah 12:40 pm 13 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

I wish someone would explain to me what they think they are doing when they have their right indicator going as they exit a roundabout.

Sorry, I think I’m someone you are talking about. I was taught to indicate when exiting a round-a-bout .. it gives brain dead drivers the signal that they can speed off and get home that 10 seconds earlier! Everyone wins!

Dilandach 12:22 pm 13 Feb 12

One thing I learnt in my time driving around Canberra.

Don’t trust anyone’s driving. Ever. Always assume they’re essentially Mr Magoo.

I might wait an extra couple of seconds to see if the person on the roundabout is really going straight or if they’ve just been lazy and will be going for the turn.

KB1971 12:07 pm 13 Feb 12

Solidarity said :

Ain’t going to happen, write all the RiotACT posts you want it’s not going to happen. Just keep your wits about you and don’t take any other cars intended movement for granted.

Or ride your bike …………. off the road of course 🙂

Watson 11:44 am 13 Feb 12

I understand your frustration (and sometimes share it) but of course you cannot trust that a car indicating is going to turn either.

Erg0 11:39 am 13 Feb 12

I’ve ever been puzzled by people who actively decide at every turn (heh) whether to indicate, based on some (no doubt highly sophisticated) algorithm which must factor in the proximity of other traffic, pedestrians, time of day, speed limit, angle of turn, phase of the moon and the number of spanners in a Sidchrome tool kit.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just do it every time?

Solidarity 11:36 am 13 Feb 12

Ain’t going to happen, write all the RiotACT posts you want it’s not going to happen. Just keep your wits about you and don’t take any other cars intended movement for granted.

00davist 11:29 am 13 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

I wish someone would explain to me what they think they are doing when they have their right indicator going as they exit a roundabout. They had to turn their steering wheel left, their tyres are pointing left, why is their right indicator going? What does it mean? Do they think that they must indicate right for the entire duration of their time on a rounabout?

They can drive, breed and vote. God help us.

+1

And it’s not just people turning right at the roundabout getting lazy and leaving it on, Since moving to the endless roundabouts of Ngunnawal, I have noticed daily at least on arse hat going straight, and using the wrong indicator to exit, just as they leave, showing that they are trying to indeed indicate the exit.

It is so F^&*^ing simple, if you are exiting out of the round about, onto a road, indicate left to exit, if you are plowing your f^&*^ing car into the grassy mound in the middle of the roundabout, indicate right to exit.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:28 am 13 Feb 12

I use a pedestrian crossing.

Holden Caulfield 11:25 am 13 Feb 12

“Indicate, indicate indicate…”

Agreed, agreed, agreed!

EvanJames 11:23 am 13 Feb 12

I wish someone would explain to me what they think they are doing when they have their right indicator going as they exit a roundabout. They had to turn their steering wheel left, their tyres are pointing left, why is their right indicator going? What does it mean? Do they think that they must indicate right for the entire duration of their time on a rounabout?

They can drive, breed and vote. God help us.

buzz819 11:07 am 13 Feb 12

Goood, good, run to the Greens, that will help.

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