Folks, I present to you this:
I understand if some of you need a second to catch your breath, absorb the meaning of this photo. I'll give you a few seconds to do so.
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Done? Good. That my friends, is what we alert and responsible drivers calls a "turn signal." Every car has them (2 in fact!) and they are easy to operate. With the quick flick of the wrist you can alert other drivers what your plans are for future movements of your car. See (and this might surprise you non-signalers), contrary to what your mind believes, PEOPLE ON THE ROAD CAN NOT READ YOUR MIND. I know, right? It's crazy, but true. I swear.
[caption id="attachment_451" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="They even make them like this now so you, yourself can see your own signal in action! oooo!"][/caption]
I just don't get you people that don't use your turn signals any time you're going any direction other than straight or in reverse. If you see another human being anywhere driving a car, you need to signal. This is especially true when you have drivers BEHIND YOU or drivers waiting on your turn so that they may make their next turn safely. See, for those drivers who are aware that the rest of the world is also using the roads (no, they don't belong to YOU Mr. Me-Monster), the turn signal is an essential communication tool and pretty much the only one that comes with your car in addition to the horn, brake lights, and back up lights.
[caption id="attachment_452" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="Here, Two-fingers McGee demonstrates how to operate the turn signal. ahhhh"][/caption]
Just today, I was on a busy road going straight with traffic. Homeboy in front of me puts on his brakes and comes to a complete stop before turning ever-so-slowly into a parking lot. No signal, no nothing. And he could clearly see me behind him. I just don't get it. I don't get the non-signalers. I seriously can not think of anything ruder that people do on a daily basis in their cars.
Non-signaler: Who do you think you are? Why do you think it's not important for you to let others around you know what your intentions are? Is it that you wish to get flipped off? Do you secretly hope to be rear-ended so you can cash in on an insurance claim? Are you being tested by the Self-Centered Jerks Society before they'll give you your special club jacket? What gives? Use your freaking signals people!!!!
I'll leave you with this full-tail view of a signal in action!
[caption id="attachment_453" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Way to go VeeDubs! Way to signal - even in the garage! "][/caption]