Do you rely on blinkers when you make decisions to turn while driving?
I almost got into a car accident TWICE today from people misinterpreting my turn signal. The first time was at an intersection with a turn lane, and there's an entrance/exit to a shopping center inside that turn lane. I put my blinker on to turn, and the car waiting in the shopping center exit assumed I was turning into the shopping center and darted right out in front of me. I had to slam on my breaks.
The second time happened in town at a construction site. The right hand lane was closed, so I moved over to the left. When the construction ended, I turned on my blinker to move back into the right hand lane. Unfortunately, it ended right before a freeway exit. The person in the turn lane going the opposite direction assumed I was turning onto the freeway (double lane exit) and turned right in front of me. Again, I had to slam on my breaks so that I wouldn't plow into them.
WTF? Why are there so many stupid drivers out there? When my dad taught me how to drive, one of the first things he told me was NEVER assume someone is going to turn just because they have their blinker on. It's common sense. AND, if you pull out into oncoming traffic, you're automatically at fault.