Introducing the new repeat segment "What Does This Do?" in which your author, JQJ213- The Grocery Bagger explains what different parts of your car do. Why is this segment needed? I work at a grocery store, and constantly go outside to grab shopping carts. It is clear that many of you need this review. So, sit back, relax, enjoy, and learn!

Today's topic: Turn Signals!

Turn signals may be one of the best features added to a car. Sadly however, they also seem to be the most unused feature.

Why I feel this needs review:

To put simply, they aren't used enough. When I'm working in a parking lot with cars pulling in and out of spaces and turning down rows, the signal helps me know where you are going. for instance, if you want the space where I am staging the carts to be brought in, use your signal and I will move the carts. If you want to turn down this row where I am walking, put your signal on and I will either back up and let you in or have you ave me on.


Likewise, when you don't signal, things get dangerous. You squeeze into spaces and then give me dirty looks. If you let me know that was where you were going, I would have moved the carts. If you signaled to turn, I wouldn't have cut you off. If you signaled to let me know you were taking the space that the car just backed out of, I wouldn't have nearly hit your car with my carts which have no brakes.

Hopefully this explains why the are helpful. But I'm not selfish, they also help others! It means no more blocked rows since cars will go around you. Even out of the parking lot, it prevents you from getting cut off. It also helps prevent accidents and lets you be safer.


Brief history:

What kind of teacher would I be if I didn't provide a history lesson to go along? Well, Buick was the first company to make signals standard equipment in 1939. They were called "Flash-Way Directional Signals".


Here is an example of a Buick with the revolutionary idea. In 1954, they became mandatory on all cars. "4513.261 Vehicles to be equipped with electrical or mechanical directional signals.


(A)(1) No person shall operate any motor vehicle manufactured or assembled on or after January 1, 1954, unless the vehicle is equipped with electrical or mechanical directional signals." (Ohio Revised Code Law Book).

How To Use Them:


The vast majority (if not all) cars will have them located on a stalk attached to the steering column behind the steering wheel. It will be located on the left side, and if you look, there will be two arrows on it. To make a left signal. you push the stalk down. To make a right signal, push the stalk up. Many modern cars also feature a self-cancel; where the signal will stop after you finish a turn. This prevents you from riding around with your signal on forever.Sadly, it doesn't work if you keep going in a straight line ...yet. As you can tell though, its really easy to do.

Why Doesn't Everyone Use Them:

This is a very good question. I think its laziness. People don't want to put the effort into moving their hand a little bit. Why are they so lazy? No one knows. But they would make a safer world if everyone used them.


The Main Lesson:

Use your damn signals! They are there for a reason! They help everyone! Don't be lazy. Please!


JQJ213 is a student in high school who works part time at a grocery store. He currently drives a very unexciting Honda Civic but will have a second Jalop car soon! The majority of his posts involve experiences at his job. Check out the tag "Spotted at work" to see some of the gems he sees in the parking lot. Yes, he did write this in third person.