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Tripalot

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Posted: 07/09/19 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think putting your left turn signal on indicates it is safe to pass - we saw this regularly while traveling in Mexico. Don't think I would trust American drivers to know the meaning though.


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I do know what it used to mean, emphasis on "used to mean", but I'd never rely on it. I simply don't put my life blindly into the hands of people I don't know if I don't have to.

If I have room, the road is straight enough to pass, and there's no oncoming traffic, I'll pull as far to the right as I can and slow a bit. If someone wants to pass and can't figure that out, they deserve to sit back there.


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noteven wrote:

You catch up to me on a two lane road. You can’t quite see far enough ahead to know if safe to pass, but I blink left signal 2 blinks on move to the extreme right of my lane. What am I doing?

1. Saying “safe to pass I will help you around” ?

2. Making fake gonna turn left signals like “brake checking” only different?

3. Trying to trick you into a fiery head on collision which I am videoing to sell to the news and u tube?


tells me that the driver likely accidentally activated his left turn signal. I failed the mind reading class in school (see my follow-up post below).

* This post was edited 07/09/19 01:10pm by rk911 *


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Posted: 07/09/19 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

noteven wrote:

You catch up to me on a two lane road. You can’t quite see far enough ahead to know if safe to pass, but I blink left signal 2 blinks on move to the extreme right of my lane. What am I doing?


I would say you're signalling it's safe to go around ......

However in this day & age, you're telling the shark lawyer of the donkey behind you with a HD dash-cam that you want to give him your house, savings and pension.

Giving anyone anything even close to directions is a sure recipe for trouble if anything ever happens.

A guy near here was 'helping out' at an accident scene, waved a guy through the scene, but that driver was filming it with his cell phone and had a collision with someone else doing the same thing, he got sued..... by both drivers.

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Posted: 07/09/19 12:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tripalot wrote:

I think putting your left turn signal on indicates it is safe to pass - we saw this regularly while traveling in Mexico. Don't think I would trust American drivers to know the meaning though.

on our first trip to the frozen north, otherwise known as Canada, we encountered what we were later told was a custom. we were heading north after crossing in Montana. excellent 2-lane rural road with nice wide shoulders. we were in a 4-wheeler, not our MH. as we approached a car to pass the driver suddenly maneuvered onto the shoulder. we thought he had lost control and backed off. after a short time on the shoulder the driver returned to the driving lane. after a couple of minutes I decided to try to pass again and sure enough he hit the shoulder again and again we backed off. we just stayed behind him at this point.

at the next town we stopped for gas and I mentioned this to the attendant (this was back in the early 80's). he laughed and said that this was the usual way in those parts to help folks pass safely. good to know!

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My first thought would be you started to turn but changed your mind. I would likely drop back a little until you made up your mind.

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Posted: 07/09/19 01:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

noteven wrote:

You catch up to me on a two lane road. You can’t quite see far enough ahead to know if safe to pass, but I blink left signal 2 blinks on move to the extreme right of my lane. What am I doing?


IMO, the 2 blinkers is less important than hugging the right side.


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Posted: 07/09/19 01:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I assumed it was #1. However, I pay attention to what the vehicle is doing whether or not it has directionals on, etc. Have seen too many incidences of one directional on and the driver goes in the opposite direction. I will sit behind a vehicle for hours if necessary before I will pass if I cannot see clearly. If the vehicle in front of me moves to the right, the driver motions for me to go by and I can get a clean shot I will go. Those that don't like my caution can learn patience.


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I don't mind being followed as much as I do being tailgated. One technique I use to back them off is to drive crazy. Weave, speed up, slow down.. that takes care of most of them.

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