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Mirror. Signal. Manoeuvre.

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Mirror. Signal. Manoeuvre.

17 Jul 2021 12:37PM   Views : 207 Unique : 138

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Do you remember this mantra from learning to drive (at least in the UK)? I’m now sure we follow it these days in the way we used to. It came to mind today as I came home from an 8-45 raid on B and Q in advance of a family garden party tomorrow, across a difficult roundabout…

And I had to anchor up a bit sharpish, as two cars coming from the opposite direction turned across me. No doubt at all – they had right of way. No doubt I should have spotted that before I did, so I could have stopped gently without stuff sliding off the seat, and behind the stop line. But…

The roundabout has changed in the last few years, with an extra road coming onto it, and there are additional lane restrictions, so that when you come onto it, you are only allowed to go one way from each lane. So, coming onto the roundabout from the direction they were, those behind KNOW where you’re going from the lane you’re in. Those coming the other way, like me, find it harder if there’s not a trafficator flashing.

And those lanes make it easy to forget to signal – especially if your instructor wasn’t like Mr Needham, who taught me to drive, and told me to signal, all the time, not just if I could see someone who might be interested. On country lanes at dead of night, I still signal, just in case there’s a hedgehog about to cross. (I’ll add that many police drivers seem to regard their own lack of signalling as a sort of test for other road-users…)

The whole MSM thing suggests a considered and reflective process. It also suggests more observation on all sides than I was guilty of today, of course!

The same for photography: don’t let yourself drop into autopilot – while bent metal and broken limbs won’t result from being unobservant and unthinking, you may miss brilliant opportunities and great pictures.

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
17 Jul 2021 12:39PM
Thanks to Amberjj for the pictures, shot yesterday.
kaybee Plus
17 7.8k 26 Scotland
17 Jul 2021 3:02PM
Ummm - Excuse me Sir -- In my day it didn't matter how good a driver your were on your police diving courses, if you didn't indicate at everything you failed.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
17 Jul 2021 3:34PM
One can only say what one observes...

It isn't universal, by any means - and I have recently seen some footage that shows just how good police drivers are, technically, when in hot pursuit...
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2021 6:01PM
Beautiful shots of a really lovely lady
mistere Plus
8 6 4 England
18 Jul 2021 8:55AM
It's very annoying when other road users don't indicate, especially cyclists. Never assume that the person who is indicating is going to turn in the direction that they are indicating either, wait till you see the wheels change direction. Especially if they're indicating to turn left into a junction that you are pulling out of. If they've just forgotten to cancel their indicators from a previous turn, you'll have a coming together, and it will be your fault.
Not that that's got anything to do with photography of course, except that lots of people have dash cams these days.
topsyrm Plus
10 28 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2021 4:38PM
The problem with "automatic indicating" is that it leads to the driver assuming that indicating gives them the right to manoeuvre whether it is safe or not. I take the approach that I only indicate if what I want to do might affect another driver's decision making or journey, I keep situation aware on the road and anticipate the "automatic indicator". Riding motorcycles sharpens your wits.

NIce shots BTW.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
18 Jul 2021 7:44PM
You make a good point, Paul - the only sense in which it should be automatic is that it should inform other road users of your intentions, whether or not you have seen them, not that you will manoeuvre anyway.

I am sure that most motorcycle riders would have spotted the cars that caused me a crash stop and a bout of self-examination: I suppose part of my point is that automatic non-signalling is becoming a menace: assuming that because you are in a lane that is only supposed to go one way EVERY other road user will have the same information as a driver where you are at present. (And, in the case of the roundabout in question, there might be something about everybody keeping strictly in lane, and never taking a racing line through a roundabout...)

Amber makes nice shots terribly easy to take...

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