Turn Signals in NC
Here in North Carolina, there are no laws regarding the use of turn signals. The State Driver’s Handbook has guidelines for turn signal use but that is all. There are a great many drivers who take advantage of this lack of direction to confuse as many other drivers as possible. For one example, two drivers at an intersection in opposing lanes of traffic waiting to make left turns. Both have lack of judgment to signal, neither will go waiting for the other to proceed through all the while holding up traffic behind them.
I attribute this lack of judgment to the fact that not every driver can be expected to operate a motor vehicle AND figure out how turn signals work AT THE SAME TIME.
A little more than a week ago, while hunting a parking space in a lot, I located one and made my intention clear I was going for that space using my turn signal. In the lot, not far from the space sat a minivan just sitting there, a lady driver and a couple kids in the back.
As I climbed up and out of my Solstice, the lady called to me, “I was waiting for that spot!”
I walked over to her van and told her if she had signaled her intention, I would have gladly passed it up for her to have. As it was, I figured she was waiting for someone.
She quite sternly informed me that signals are not required in this state.
I countered with, “Lady, with kids in your van I should think you would use every safety device available to. . . . .” There I stopped, looking at her kids and said, “Never mind, with kids that ugly, I don’t blame you.”
I went on my way. I looked back and saw her yelling at her kids who were gleefully laughing.