Reader says bulb life is a good reason to turn off blinker: Roadshow

Q: As far as using one’s turn signal at a dedicated left turn lane with its own signal, I use my signal before entering that turn lane and then turn it off while waiting for a green left turn arrow. The reasons are because I don’t like hearing the blinking and I’m trying to save the bulb so that it doesn’t have to be replaced. I hope that I don’t get cited for not having it on in a dedicated lane with its own light.

Marcia Citta, Saratoga

A: A few others do this, as well.

Q: Having lived, and driven, in both Tanzania and Switzerland, I’m stunned at American drivers who don’t use turn signals. You’d NEVER find a European-trained driver not using their signals. Even in Tanzania, people use either blinkers or hand signals all the time.

As a cyclist I always use signals. I’ve got four of them:

  • Right turn
  • Left turn
  • Stopping
  • $&#(@*&$

The last one I don’t use very often! I try to remain polite.

Thanks for a great column

Jim Thurber

A: And…

Q: Why do people feel that using blinkers is such a great effort? I remember back in the day when one had to wind down the window, stick out an arm, and give one of three different signals.

R. Gayle Smalley

A: Signaling can make a big difference with safety, and and it’s so easy to do.

Q: Here’s something your readers might want to be aware of. I purchased $50 personalized plates in early May. The website said it takes 4-6 weeks. When I contacted the DMV, the agent advised me that it’s taking 6-9 months to process. I was told I could cancel my order, but the DMV will not refund the money. It seems like consumer fraud to me.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Stan Clarke

A: That is a long wait. Hopefully you get yours sooner than 6-9 months.

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