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Old 03-11-10, 11:35 PM   #1
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Should I do a turn signal where I live?

I live on gravel roads in a rural place. Usually theres no cars using the road so I dont signal. Theres sometimes a car or truck behind me, it feels weird doing turn signals when I will be doing the turn signal to the same persons each time. Should I use turn signals even though it feels weird? Do you think I should do turn signals when a car is behind me?
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Old 03-11-10, 11:46 PM   #2
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yes. feeling weird is better than feeling run over. I find that drivers usual will back off to let me turn left if they know I'm going to do it. Much of the animosity between cyclists and cagers could probably be solved with better communication of what each side expects of the others, and signaling a turn is a step in the right direction.
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Many drivers don't recognize hand signals anyways so I don't see much point in signaling in limited traffic areas.
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Should I use turn signals even though it feels weird? Do you think I should do turn signals when a car is behind me?
You need to get over your "feelings" since they are not rational. It is rational to safe riding to let other users (drivers) know what you are doing, and that means signaling. Have fun and be safe.
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Many drivers don't recognize hand signals anyways...
This is why I promote the use of point-right-turn-right / point-left-turn-left. Unlikely to be misinterpreted. It's becoming accepted everywhere by those under the age of 80.
We're not leaning out the windows of Model-Ts anymore.
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Depends.

If your objective is to follow the rules, you need to signal every turn.

If your goal is to communicate with the following driver, who that driver is might make a difference. If it's your next door neighbor, an arm straight up wave might be more appropriate.
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Old 03-12-10, 07:32 AM   #7
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This is why I promote the use of point-right-turn-right / point-left-turn-left. Unlikely to be misinterpreted. It's becoming accepted everywhere by those under the age of 80.
We're not leaning out the windows of Model-Ts anymore.
Many states, including South Carolina, recognize these as legal signals on a bicycle.
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sure - do the signal if you know there is a car behind you.

sometimes I modify my signal casually by bending my elbow and pointing a finger. this would be lower than I might at a busy intersection where my arm would be nigher; outstretched and straight with a full palm and closed fingers

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I figure if you know somebody is back there, you can dodge 'em and all. So the turn signals are for the person you don't see. So yeah, do them even if no one is supposed to be back there.
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Yeah, I always signal, regardless of whether anybody's around or how ******** I might look.
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