I am sharing my pet peeves about driving in Moore County. They are: using turn signals; stopping upon entering a roundabout; and crossing over double lines.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, many drivers don’t use turn signals. But failure to do so is “illegal, inconsiderate and extremely dangerous to everyone in your vehicle and to all the road users around you,” the department said on its website. “About 40 percent of a vehicle’s outer perimeter is hidden by blind spots, so it is very important that drivers signal even if you don’t see anyone else nearby.” It’s also important to make sure your turn signals are working, the department added.
Indicating your turn-off as you are exiting the roundabout is a help to those waiting to enter. Also, when coming to a “bear right” sign, signal so that others know your intentions; and if they are at a stop sign, they will know there is an opportunity to turn onto the roadway.
Occasionally there is a person unfamiliar with the area, and they will suddenly turn to the right, crossing over the solid line, disrupting the flow and sometimes causing a fender-bender.
We can all help with these issues by informing newcomers of the issues.
Ginger Minichiello, Carthage
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