I was driving home from work today when something odd struck me. Mind you, my ride is only about a mile and a half, but in that short span there are 3 lights and a few stop signs. I counted no less that 15 cars traveling in front of or next to me that didn't use turn signals. It didn't matter what direction they were turning, left or right, no signal.
Way back in the day when I first started to drive, cars had a stick on the column that you used to operate your signals. One had to turn them on and then off. Kind of like wipers...no intermittent wiping of the windows. No siree bub, you had fast or faster. If you wanted intermittent wipers you had to do it by hand, on then off, on then off ...you get the picture! If you didn't know how to work any of these gadgets...you didn't get your license.
Getting back to turn signals. Most cars still have a stick right there on the steering column which operates your two turning lights. As if by magic when you turn one on, it automatically turns off once the turn is made. Yet no one seems to know what that stick thing is or how to operate it! Keeping that in mind, can someone please explain to me why, why, why they don't have automated voice controlled turn signals! Or better yet....if the car has automatic navigation, i.e. GPS, why doesn't the GPS turn on the signals 500 feet or so before it screams at you to "turn left in 5 feet".
I don't think we need cars that can park themselves. What we need are TURN SIGNALS...or lessons on how to work that stick thingy underneath the new self guided steering wheels!