I am a disabled driver and use hand controls on an automatic car - I have been driving for over 40 years. First, a bit of tech info relevant to the post. As standard equipment a small flick switch is on the top of the push pull controls next to the steering wheel, which operates the indicators - I rarely use it as I can comfortably use the normal ones.
Yesterday I was coming off a roundabout turning left, and as I turned the wheel and the indicator clicked off I accidentally caught the switch and the left indicator blinked on. It only blinked twice before I switched it off. In the meantime a driver waiting to turn right out of the side street on my left, pulled out in front of me and very nearly sideswiped my car. It gave me a fright and I pulled over to collect myself before continuing.
The driver of the other car had also pulled over, got out of his car, came over to me and proceeded to rant at me for indicating and not turning. I tried to explain what had happened but he wasn’t having any of it and said he was taking my number to report me for driving without due care and attention. He stormed off before I could say any
more and I fumed all the way home - the indicator blinked twice at the most and he just pulled out. I’m not sure of the law on this but I seem to remember back in the dim distant past of my driving lessons, my instructor telling me that you should always wait to make sure drivers follow through after signalling intent to turn, just because they have signalled doesn’t mean they will actually turn. Thoughts anyone ?
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