Turn Signals Please

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I was in my Rav4 at the stop sign at the end of our street. I waited for the car coming from my left to pass. As they got to the intersection, they turned.  Had I known they were turning I could have made my left turn. A turn signal would have been nice.

In Driver’s Education class they taught us about the right of way and the importance of signals. They even briefed us on hand signals should the electronic ones in our car not be operational.

Signals are nice. They are like an advance warning. When the tea kettle starts to hiss I know it’s the right time to take it off the burner and pour my cup of tea.

Turn signals are especially helpful. I try to be good about using mine but I’m not 100%.

In the flat terrain that is most of Florida, there are no reasons for road signs indicating blind curves. When we travel through the North Carolina mountains each August there are plenty of road signs alerting us to a winding road. Those signs remind us to slow down. To keep our eyes on the road. Don’t be distracted.

If only the signs for life were more obvious.

It seems as though God trusts us too much. I’d like a sign that doesn’t just show a curving road but one that details the specifics.

BLIND TURN AHEAD: Slow down as you round the unexpected illness. The road is a little bumpy but you’ll be fine.

Something like that would be as welcome as road construction finally coming to an end on I95. (I can dream can’t I?)

It seems construction on our roads down here will never end. People won’t be any better at using their turn signals and the most we’ll get in a road sign is a squiggly line.

The answer isn’t in expecting others to do something but in how I respond. (This is never my favorite answer.)

It seems in all of these traffic scenarios the key is to slow down. Pay attention to those around you. Communicate clearly (signals).

I think these will serve me well in all of life.

6 Comments

  1. Gabriele said:

    Pay attention to others around you and communicate well, such true and wise words.

    April 20, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      Funny how writing can bring clarity to things, Gabriele. That happens to me on FMF more often than not. God uses some interesting methods 🙂

      April 21, 2018
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  2. Annie Rim said:

    Ha! One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don’t signal, especially at 4-way stops! Such a good reminder to pay attention and communicate – easier said than done. 😉

    April 20, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      I have too many driving pet peeves, Annie! And all of it is easier said than done.

      April 21, 2018
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  3. Tara said:

    I wish more people used their turn signals too. And oh yes, I want God to give me Road signs along life’s journeys. I’m in the 52 spot.

    April 20, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      I always think of that Jim Carrey movie where he asked for signs and there they were in front of him. A perfect example of how we are. Even when God gives them I still miss them!

      April 21, 2018
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