When Your Blinkers Go Out:
Seriously, Hippie, the only reason you ever flash high beams at someone is if they have their high beams on, they have their lights off at night, or there is something seriously wrong with their car, and they need to pull over and look at it.
I'm coming from professional driving instructors teaching me this. Several of them. And my sister being taught to teach this when she got liscensed to teach a motorcycle riding course for the state of Arizona.
That is the most insane thing I've ever heard. No one does this, ever, out here, so it's basically totally useless as a gesture, and is likely to just make people think there's something wrong with you, or make them freak out.
Seriously, this is like using a complex 15-step hand sign for a left turn that only you know.
I use those on the bike if I'm in any sort of traffic. They're not hard, and help you communicate intent plainly. I really don't see the confusion.
You use a complex 15-step hand sign for left turns that only you know?
And you think this helps you to communicate intent plainly?
or, turning left if you're a fucking caveman.
1: Grab window crank. If window is automatic, proceed to step 3
2: Turn window crank until window is rolled completely down, or is far enough down for you to extend your entire arm through the window.
2b: If you suffer from obesity, you may require removal of the door for sufficient space. Please discontinue reading this guide and refer to 1001 Reasons You Probably Shouldn't be Driving
, published by Methodically Conservative Driving Pamphlet Publishing House, LLC.
3: Stick your head out of the window and make sure you have the clearance to fully extend your arm outside the car in all directions.
3b: If in a European city, watch for any fruit stands or major works of art being transported to-and-fro, lest you be suspected of theft.
4: If your head is still fully connected to your neck after sticking it out of the car to observe clearance, please return it to the cab and skip to step 6.
5: If your head has been fully or partially removed from your body, discontinue read and gurgle for help from your bared esophagus.
6: Extend your arm into the open air outside of your car.
7: Other motorists may be getting frustrated at you at this point. Continue to maintain a vigilant watch on cars passing aggressively close to your vehicle.
8: Straighten your arm from shoulder to fingertips.
9: Make sure that you have approached the intersection at which you wish to turn. If there are construction workers blocking it, refer to page 3
of this same guide, Pissing Off State Contractors
10: If there is a stop sign, come to a complete stop before proceeding to indicate a turn. Otherwise, check for a sign that indicates appropriate action at this intersection. Some include a sign that reads "DON'T STOP." Make sure to stop at each sign if you have trouble reading them.
11: If the interesction is lit, come to a full and complete stop in the case of a red light. A "Hollywood Stop" may be executed in the case of a green light.
12: Fold your pinky, ring, index fingers, and thumb into a fist. This should create a suitable "arrow" sign indicating the direction you wish to turn.
13: Proceed with turn cautiously.
Optional steps herein -
15: If you really
want to have some fun, don't turn at all, just continue going straight.