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Do they still teach hand signals in driver's ed?

Old 01-21-05, 07:39 PM
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One thing I will add on this . . . I dunno if it's local or general "roadie" culture, I see guys doing some kind of signal with their left arm, pointed sort of diagonally down and back. Somewhere between "left" and "slow/stop" but not close enough to either one (!). From what I can gather by guesswork, it means, "I'm NOT turning right", because people seem to use it when they are proceeding straight through a right-turn lane or similar (I don't know why they bother signaling at all in that case but there are a lot of mysterious "ways of the roadie" that I don't understand).
that's to indicate road hazards (potholes, glass, what have you). they're sometimes accompanied by a verbal description of what's in the road ("hole!"). they're a good sign to watch out for. another interesting signal is slapping your own ass with your right hand, and then pointing to the right. that means that there's someone traveling slow ahead, and the slow traveler will be passed by the pack.
I don't think so. Pointing out hazards is usually done with an outstretched hand and finger pointing at the hazard continuously. That's not what 'nother is describing.

My guess is it's intended to mean a "soft/lazy stop", like a slow or caution.

However, that doesn't explain why it's typically done when going straight from a right-turn lane.
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Old 01-21-05, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ianrox
that's to indicate road hazards (potholes, glass, what have you). they're sometimes accompanied by a verbal description of what's in the road ("hole!"). they're a good sign to watch out for. another interesting signal is slapping your own ass with your right hand, and then pointing to the right. that means that there's someone traveling slow ahead, and the slow traveler will be passed by the pack.
Yes, I'm familiar with signaling for debris and hazards, and this is *not* what is happening. I've looked; there's nothing there (unless you call the lines painted on the road a hazard; in this forum I suppose that's legitimately debatable ). No, this just seems to be some made up signal for "hey, I'm not going to do anything except go straight" (and, possibly, roll halfway into the intersection and do a trackstand to impress chicks ).
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Well, my original question was if they still taught the hand signals, and apparently the answer is no. Whether it's in the law or not, or whatever debate around them doesn't matter. If they aren't taught, and car drivers no longer know what they mean, then it's time to call my representitive. It is a hazard for a large group of road users not to have a means of signalling their intention in a manner that will be universally understood.
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Old 01-21-05, 10:03 PM
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I wish you luck . . . though if I were you I think I'd set my sights a little lower, like getting them to teach that bikes have the same rights to the road (at least here in CA), and other more basic issues. I can't see getting behind a crusade for improved hand signal understanding when I'm getting shouted at just for being on the road
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