I think turn signals on our cars today should become an option. How many times have you had someone turn in front of you without signaling? How many times have you been at an intersection and the car in front of you doesn’t take off when the light turns green because the driver decided to turn but didn’t use the turn signal. It used to be that a turn signal was the polite, convenient indication to the driver behind you to move over a lane if they wanted.

Have you driven behind that car on the freeway with a right turn signal blinking, but the car goes straight ahead, not moving to the right lane? That’s the signal that stays on for miles as if the driver is saying “Follow me, I’m going to turn eventually but I want you to drive you nuts for a few more miles before I move in the opposite direction than my signal.”

If turn signals become options, then we won’t have expectations about whether the driver in front of us is going to turn or not.

What should we do about all the cars that have no tail lights at night? I probably shouldn’t go there. Vehicles with this defect should have a brain installed under the hood because the human brain behind the wheel obviously isn’t enough. Maybe auto manufacturers could make a vehicle that won’t start unless the tail lights are phone

The only signal these kinds of drivers are concerned with is their cell phone signal. Every day, I pass dozens of people with cell phones illegally held in one hand at their ear on the freeway, the highway, city streets and suburban intersections. I see people texting too. So why not a built-in app in their cell phones to “signal” them whenever their turning signal lights, brake lights or night tail lights are not working? This app could turn the vehicle off shortly after signaling the problem. And how about once it’s turned off, the driver is automatically ejected from the car? Maybe that’s a bit severe.

Got any better ideas? Please post them here!

Gary Ingram

Gary Ingram

I grew up in Golden, CO in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), a devoted “Papa” to my grandchildren and partner to my lovely wife. I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos. At, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Chime in!

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