Intermediate use of turn signal

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Cat145, Jun 19, 2022.

  1. Cat145

    Cat145 Bobtail Member

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    I was driving on the interstate today and had a big rig in front of me that I noticed turn on his left signal and tap his brakes with a vehicle between us I thought well he wants over or the car in front of me was to close but the vehicle moved over to the next lane and the rig didn't get over when the left lane was open. Now I ALWAYS leave room and this time was no different and another car had actually took the space between us to last minute exit of course. Before this car took the space the rig again turns on his left signal and taps his brake and now I'm confused. He does this again after the car exits and again even after its plenty clear to move over to left lane. I had to exit so I dont know how long this went on but I'm curious what I might be missing. As a fellow driver I like to respect these guys as much as I can and hate to be an inconvenience since I'm just on a road trip and this is there life.
     
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  3. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Not everything a big truck driver does is professional. You probably just caught him in one of those moments.

    There’s no international sign for “back off” if he thought someone was too close.

    Most likely someone was in front of him braking to exit everytime, he kept throwing on his blinker to get over, then decided to stay in the lane. Over and over again lol.

    But thanks for being a courteous four wheeler out there.
     
  4. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Did you happen to see if this driver was Hispanic? The guys who come up here from Mexico will sometimes activate their left turn signal to let drivers behind them know it's safe to pass.
     
  5. Another Canadian driver

    Another Canadian driver Road Train Member

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    Canada too.
    Universal signal that says:
    'I know I'm slow, so, go ahead and pass me now'.
    Very useful on 2 lane highways, when the second truck has limited visibility.
    We used to get on the CB, but, not these days anymore.
     
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  6. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Yep.
     
  7. FearTheCorn

    FearTheCorn Light Load Member

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    I got behind a container hauler last week on the back roads of TN and his turn signals were backwards. The right one came on when he pulled left to pass, etc. I couldn't get him the radio. Never seen that before.
     
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  8. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    I do it on curvy roads letting the one behind know when it's safe to pass.
     
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  9. FearTheCorn

    FearTheCorn Light Load Member

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    I thought something like that, but it was over 50 miles, and when he turned off in town, same thing.
     
  10. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Someone wired the pins wrong on the plug. Crossed the turn signal wires. Easy to do if you are looking at the wrong end while installing one.

    that is why you should Always check turns on trailer individually one side at a time. Not by pulling out the hazards to check cause you will never know the wires are wrong that way.
     
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