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Don’t Forget The Old Technology

Don’t Forget The Old Technology

We live in a techno age. That which would have been thought of as science fiction not so long ago has now become the norm. Almost daily some new miracle gadget is announced that changes our lives in ways that belies their size. This is especially true of cars. The technology that now appears on the average motor makes even cars from the 1990’s look fit only for the museum. Yet, despite all these advances, it seems that more and more drivers are forgetting one of the original and best features of their car. The indicators.

Ye gods; what is the matter with everybody? Increasingly we are seeing sloppy driving techniques that confuse and endanger other motorists. We all have to pass a driving test that involves the use of indicators yet those flicking lights are left neglected on the steering column. How hard can it be?

First, there was hand signals; those elementary arm movements were followed by little reflective stalks – known rather charmingly as semaphore trafficators – that would spring from the centre pillar at the driver’s bidding until finally, flashing lights found their way onto the corners of the our cars. They are directional lamps that indicate (see?) our intentions to other road users by flashing – in the nicest sense of the word, obviously.

Drivers today are failing to use them when pulling out at junctions and are especially guilty on roundabouts. Other innocent folk stop to give way to the right only to find that the approaching offending vehicle shoots off up another exit. A quick calculation shows that the average motorist who has been thus inconvenienced looses at least one second each time. If we could but have that time back we would all be minutes younger!

It is just as bad for pedestrians who spend a lot of time on kerbs apparently doing the Hokey-cokey as they put one leg in and take one leg out of the traffic stream in desperate attempts to cross the road, simply because they don’t know what a driver is going to do. It is not even as if it’s difficult. It’s simple; except for Ferrari drivers who are exempt because they have to control everything from an array of buttons like the flight deck of the starship Enterprise, and that’s just the ones on the steering wheel.

When used an indicator will also make a clacking noise and some form of green arrow that will indicate the direction of turn, which brings us to another point. What about the people who never turn them off? How many times have you driven along a road with the car in front permanently indicating left or right? It’s nerve-wracking: you never know what’s going to happen. Surely they can hear the irritating clacker or see the flashing light, you think, and yet they drive blithely on without a care in the world. This is especially true on roundabouts – see above.

People! These things are not some fad that should be used when the mood takes hold. Twinkling lights aren’t just for Christmas, they’re for life – literally.

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One Response to “Don’t Forget The Old Technology”

  1. The Dangerous Design report emphasized that too many arterial roads, even in urban areas, are simply not designed to accommodate pedestrians and sometimes lack sidewalks altogether.

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