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Old 05-14-2007, 11:43 AM
 
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This comes from page 69 of the NC DMV Driving Handbook!


Communicating

Communicating means letting others know what you plan to do early enough to avoid a crash. Any time you plan to slow dwon, stop, turn, change langes or pull away from the curb, you should signal your intention. Be in the habit of signalling your movement even when you do not see others on the road. Before you signal, you must first see that your movement can be made safely.

http://www.ncdot.org/DMV/driver_serv...DL_English.pdf
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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Oh come on!!! Next you'll be telling me there are actual rules governing right of way at a four way stop.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Oh yea? If turn signals are the law in North Carolina, how come I never see any of the state or local police using them?
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:01 PM
 
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To be honest, I've only been here a little over a month, and I'm surprised at how crazy people drive here. Many people drive way over the speed limit, they drive too close and most irritating of all is the fact that many (not all) don't use signals. It drives me crazy! It only takes one careless error to kill someone.
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:03 PM
 
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Funny about the speeding because we had a friend tell us all the slow drivers in NC were going to drive us crazy.

I use my turn signals all the time. I'd say turn signal usage is about the same here as in CA which is very little. Drives me crazy. I may not always follow the speed limit but at least I let you know where I intend to go.
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:19 PM
 
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I recently went to Long Island and was amazed at the number of turn signals I saw. It was like Christmas with all of those flashing lights!
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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To be honest, I've only been here a little over a month, and I'm surprised at how crazy people drive here. Many people drive way over the speed limit, they drive too close and most irritating of all is the fact that many (not all) don't use signals. It drives me crazy! It only takes one careless error to kill someone.
If you think people here drive crazy, don't go to FL! I thought I had died and made it to sane driver heaven since I moved here. More people use signals that I have ever seen having lived my whole life in FL up until now - I used to think I was the only person on the planet who used them down there. I guess I was just one of the few who actually read the driver's manual! Yeah, people do drive fast, but not nearly as crazy as what I'm used to.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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Thank you for this post!

People not using turn signals is a huge pet peeve of mine!!

When I originally moved "down South," it took me quite a while to learn that brakelights ARE the turn signals for a lot of people. I still can't get used to it. And I still give the offenders the horn (some of the time). Sure teaches other drivers some patience!
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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We don't use turn signals and we like it that way. We don't care how you did it up north.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:03 PM
 
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Agreed, turn signals certainly appear optional here. Also, did you know that slower traffic keep right is a law? In England you will be ticketed for undertaking.
People seem to be too lazy to move the wheel so they just pick a lane and stay in it. This, in turn, leads to people weaving. Very dangerous!

I also agree that drivers here, while very bad, are much better than Florida. If you drive to FL, the minute you cross the state line people just seem to lose their brains. I don't know why.
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