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The indicator – use it or I will kill you beat you around the head

By johnboy - 15 August 2008 110

I had the misfortune to drive down Belconnen Way during rush hour for the first time yesterday.

This made me realise that complaints about certain Canberrans failing to use their indicators really are completely justified.

Two things are particularly galling about this.

The first is that if they’re changing lanes so fast that they can’t get the flasher on then they’re manifestly not performing the maneuver safely.

Secondly these wannabe Mark Webbers, after performing multiple high risk maneuvers, are still only two places ahead of me when we pull up at the lights. So again they have proven themselves to be unable to assess risk/reward.

And so, those of you failing to use your indicators, I’d like to make you a promise.

President Zachary Taylor staved off the US civil war by getting in a room with the secessionist leaders, looking them in the eye, and promising to hang them by their worthless necks with his own two hands if they dared to take up arms against the Union.

Similarly if I end up in a crash because you decided to switch lanes without looking or indicating I promise I shall take my wheel lock and beat you around your soft lumpen head until my strength deserts me.

It seems self-evident that no lasting damage can be done assaulting your un-used heads. But if by some chance a vital spark is found and diminished in this process I have every faith that a jury of my peers will understand.

So have a look in your car, find the indicator, acquaint yourself with the road rules, and spare us all some aggravation.

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The indicator – use it or I will kill you beat you around the head
bubzie 11:26 am 15 Aug 08

indicators? what are you talking about? its just crazy talk!!

Duke 11:15 am 15 Aug 08

“How would you know whether or not people get pulled over for failing to indicate? I can assure that it does happen.”

And i’m sure the one cop you speak of who does enforce the use of indicators must be the same one who fines drivers using their fog/driving lights all hours of the day or night.

seekay 11:07 am 15 Aug 08

Thanks to the efforts of various public service pen pushers to create Brasilia on the Mongolo over the years and put roundabouts everywhere they can across the ACT, Canberrans refusal to use indicators is a real problem.

New Yeah 10:59 am 15 Aug 08

What really riles me are those Canberrans who not only refuse to indicate, but disconnect their brake lights too. What’s up with that you crazily dangerous fools?

AstralPlane 10:56 am 15 Aug 08

Hmmm… I wonder if not bothering to use indicators is a symptom of a wider and more serious Canberra driver syndrome. It seems to me that most times I travel somewhere I witness driving that is at the very least plain rude and often dangerous. Here’s three recent examples:

Yesterday I turned left and stopped at a pedestrian crossing with a blind person walking across. Someone turned the corner behind me and didn’t feel like waiting so they swung onto the wrong side of the road, over a double line and through the crossing in circumstances where they couldn’t see what was coming because I drive a large van.

A few days before that I saw the person in the car in front of me drive at speed the wrong way round a roundabout so that they could overtake a bus going through the roundabout. Unsurprisingly, no indicator used. The bus was doing the speed limit (50). No prizes for guessing that they were waiting at the next red light when I got there.

Last week I saw someone weaving through the traffic on Cth Ave bridge. Someone changed lanes in front of them at a fair speed with fair warning. In response the first driver overtook them and slammed the brakes on. Completely unjustified and very dangerous.

It is easy to think of heaps more because I see it all the time. People behave in cars in ways they would never be brave or rude enough to elsewhere. Maybe not bothering to indicate is another example?

I think behaviour can be modified – the changed attitudes to drink driving and smoking are evidence of that. But is it worth a campaign to do so?

Tempestas 10:53 am 15 Aug 08

And johnboy if we see you using your wheel lock in such a manner, we might realise that we too can assist in removing this deficient gene from our population.

BTW if turning left you still have to indicate. One day I will be driving the fully roll-barred unimog and then there will be some carnage for the indicator deniers

Tooks 10:50 am 15 Aug 08

Duke said :

When was the last time, Alpine, you heard of somebody getting pulled over and warned/fined for failing to indicate? Yup, completely voluntary.

How would you know whether or not people get pulled over for failing to indicate? I can assure that it does happen.

johnboy 10:49 am 15 Aug 08

Danman said :

European care eh JB ? Indiicator on left hand side of column..

I hired a transit van once to move house and it had european indicator – I indicated turning by activating my windscreen whipers closely followed by indicators many times.

Korean car with a european layout actually.

Overheard 10:45 am 15 Aug 08

I abhor the practice of not using indicators — I use mine even when there’s no-one miles around just to make it an automatic action — but to suggest this is a Canberra disease only is a bit blinkered.

Duke 10:42 am 15 Aug 08

When was the last time, Alpine, you heard of somebody getting pulled over and warned/fined for failing to indicate? Yup, completely voluntary.

skaboy12 10:41 am 15 Aug 08

WHenI purchased my wifes car, I actually made a joke to the salesmen about this. I informed him that since I live in NSW and I was buying the car in the ACT, I would like the optional indicators installed as people use indicators in other parts of the world.

Danman 10:38 am 15 Aug 08

car not care !!??

Danman 10:37 am 15 Aug 08

European care eh JB ? Indiicator on left hand side of column..

I hired a transit van once to move house and it had european indicator – I indicated turning by activating my windscreen whipers closely followed by indicators many times.

AlpineViper 10:30 am 15 Aug 08

Duke said :

And the problem is getting worse, not better. The use of indicators is now completely voluntary and unenforced by the police.
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WHAT?!??!

Is that just this state? Cause that’s the stupides thing I’ve ever heard! (Well, close…)

Duke 10:16 am 15 Aug 08

And the problem is getting worse, not better. The use of indicators is now completely voluntary and unenforced by the police.

Last week I was driving in Weston Creek and happened to be following a police van who made 5 turns without once using his indicator.

I believe the failure of many people to use indicators or even use them properly (notice how some people turn them on when they’re already halfway round the corner?!) is a major cause of stress and road rage.

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