California Zephyr hit milk tanker in Colorado

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Posted by CMStPnP on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 7:31 AM

Too many use blinkers to ask the question - Mother may I? If you haven't decided what you are actually going to do - don't use blinkers for 40 seconds.

My car makes turning the steering wheel a little more difficult if I do not use my blinker on the freeway for a lane change and then it vibrates the steering wheel if I overcome the resistance with force.    I have a lane positioning chime if my lane position is erratic based on recent history.

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Posted by rdamon on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 7:39 AM

Make sure you have plenty of this on hand..

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 3:46 PM

 Both my GM cars give an audible and visual warning if turn signal on for more than 1/2 mile. Only way to continue signal is to turn turn signal off then back on. 

Had a brain fart .  Only way to continue signal is to turn turn signal off then back on.

Corrected my original post.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:00 PM

Everything I have driven or rented with 'lane assist' momentarily disables both the centering and the 'feedback' when the appropriate turn signal has been engaged for a lane change (including a 'sweep' of multiple lanes or other camera-sensed 'terrain').  This seems fully intuitive to me.

What was not quite as intuitive was the input to earlier rear-wheel-steering systems like those on the Japanese Soarers or QuadraSteer on GM trucks.  Sometimes these would 'helpfully' allow four-wheel crabbing, B-52-style, for lane changes, which can be hard to distinguish if turn signals aren't used.

Any and every car I have driven with the turn-signal 'left-on alarm' does not cancel the signals when the 'binging' starts.  On the other hand I have had a number of cars that have a 'run length limited' signal (Hyundai Sonatas would let you set the number of 'blinks' between 3 and 7 for each time you pressed the stalk; Mercedes restricted it to 3 and does not have a detent to keep the turn signals on in the first place).  Nothing I have ever driven cancels the blinking but keeps a warning tone sounding that your turn signals haven't cancelled in a turn or were left on.  It would, to me, make very little sense and be unsafe to do so.

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:05 PM

   It's not as bad as it was about fifty years ago, but I used to say that the flashing turn signal meant that the driver accidentally bumped the turn signal stalk the last time he reached for another beer.


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