Have you noticed how no one seems to use turn signals any more?
You know, they’re those clicking lights on the back and front of the vehicle which tell other drivers where you plan to go. Every car has a control for those lights, so why is no one using them?
Maybe this explains it:
That’s an actual photo of a page in the Quick Reference Guide for my new 2019 Ford Escape.
As you can see, there are many features indicated, including Wiper Controls – but nowhere are Turn Signal Controls noted.
Still confused? (I know I am.)
Here’s a photo of the opposite side of the same page in the Quick Reference Guide:
So many things listed! Including the aforesaid Wiper Controls – but nothing about turn signals. And I know my new car has them because I do, in fact, use them.
Just out of curiosity, I then pulled out the actual 2019 Escape Owner’s Manual. A quick review of the Index at the back of the book shows no reference of any kind to turn signals. But there are references to pretty much anything else you could think of, including “Sitting in the Correct Position” – which, in my opinion, might be difficult to do if you’ve been run into because you failed to use a turn signal.
Am I the only person in this country who still looks for, and uses, turn signals? Is there a reason car manufacturers make no effort to tell new drivers where the controls might be?
Just one more conundrum for an old lady to figure out.
Because I have nothing better to do today. It’s a rainy, crappy day, and I don’t feel like going out into traffic – where no one will be using turn signals (nor obeying traffic laws in any other way, at least in my neighborhood).
Happy Friday, everyone. Stay safe and warm.
PS: For those who might be wondering why I was perusing the owner’s manual in the first place – my new car does not have a CD player and I wanted to verify that it has the proper inputs to link up a portable player. Which, thankfully, it allegedly does – I’ll find out for sure when my new player arrives from Amazon and I try to plug it in. I’m too lazy to download my entire CD collection to an MP3 player and then try to figure out how to get that to work, and my request for volunteers to do so for me went unanswered.
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