Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mattsabasser Drive to Fish Tips: Turn signals, just a vehicle accessory?

Depending on where you live good fishing can require a bit of driving. That statement is true for Colorado as well, particularly for those that live in the Denver Metro area. There may be a lot of fishing tips out there but few that cover the aspect that may help minimize trouble while traveling from Point A to Point B. I shall make an attempt to fill this void with random advice that may make that journey better.

Don’t be a stinker. Use your blinker! (Guess I am still working on the title for this one)

Driving up the highway to the fishing hole and the vehicle in front of me comes to a dead stop before making a leisurely right hand turn without using a turn signal. I dump my coffee over reaching for the gearshift while eyeballing the ditch for a soft place to land. Luckily my reflexes and a couple car lengths between us were enough to avoid a crash. (Really I just slowed down and swerved around the vehicle, as the other lane was empty.) Shaking my head in disbelief my throat yells out…

“Where’s your blinker, pal?!?”

Was there was a memo that I missed stating certain people with lower intelligence didn’t have to use turn signals any longer? Are these folks trying to add a little mystery and even excitement for other motorists by making random turns with little or no warning? If so, this could it be some sort of sick anti-turn signal movement. Something is definitely up because it seems like very few people are using these things anymore.

This isn’t the only close call I have had like this and doubt it will be my last. Countless close calls, bumper bumps and fender benders could be avoided if more people simply used their turn signals. If we could make this happen I might actually get to the fishing hole with a full cup of coffee…minus one or two sips.

Good luck and good fishing.

7 comments:

Bill Trussell said...

I agree here all the way, but what really gets me is the individual who waits until the last minute to give a signal. Most of the time this guy usually causes a pile up. Thanks for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

yup, we get plenty of that here too. ugh!

WDSTK3 said...

Matt: Apparently you didn't get the memo. Blinker fluid has been in very short supply for some time.

Shoreman said...

Gee, all those cars out there and so many of them that the turn signals don't work on. I freely admit that I'm one of those that only use turn signals when I'm making a turn and someone is coming up my ass at 60 miles per hour. Here, not using your turn signals is a mountain people thing.

Mark

Mel said...

Been there, Matt, and done that you might say for me. Dang, coffee was red hot, too! Another gripe I have is when you are trying to access the Interstate or route of travel and no one moves over to the far lane so you can access. Really bad in Idaho!

Anonymous said...

I once saw a bumper sticker that said "Visualiize Using Your Turn Signal". Maybe that's what they're doing - maybe you're just not getting their telepathic message that they are about to make a turn. LOL And great art work too. BTW!

Steve Zakur said...

Like you, i just don't get why people don't use a turn signal. And while you're at it, why not put the turn signal on before you start braking for the turn.