Indicate when going straight? You're a 'dangerous idiot'

LETTER OF THE DAY: Anyone indicating "left" when driving straight across a Toowoomba mini-round-a-bout is a dangerous idiot.

That interpretation of the Queensland Drivers' Guide material on multi-lane roundabouts has put us all in danger. Yet another car has nearly been wiped out.

The purpose of indicating is to make your intentions clear to other road users.

To signal "right" is a warning, "I intend to move across your path, take care." To signal "left" is a courtesy, "I intend to move out of your way, you do not have to worry about me."

But such a signal when driving straight over the roundabout is likely to be interpreted by a car waiting on the left as an invitation to turn out of a side road - and calamity can result.

With three main alternatives, there is really no ambiguity.

Indicate "left" if turning left, as a courtesy. If turning right, it is mandatory that you indicate "right".

But no indication at all is a clear signal that you are driving straight ahead.

The only possible meaning of a left flash when leaving is, "No, I really didn't forget to indicate right".

Drive safely.

  • JOHN BILLINGSLEY, Toowoomba


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