Don’t au­to­mate in­di­ca­tors

Autocar - - LETTERS -

I read with dis­may the re­cent dia­logue regarding the prospect of au­to­mated in­di­ca­tors. The pro­posal to fully au­to­mate in­di­ca­tors to steer­ing in­puts is in­her­ently dan­ger­ous for one obvious rea­son: it en­cour­ages driv­ers not to carry out the vi­tal mir­ror check which must pre­cede any change of di­rec­tion.

There is ample ev­i­dence of this lazi­ness to­day, es­pe­cially on mo­tor­ways, where in­di­ca­tors are used as ‘com­ing ready or not’ lasers.

As a for­mer Po­lice ad­vanced first class driver and mo­tor­cy­clist, ‘mir­ror-sig­nal-ma­noeu­vre’ should be etched on ev­ery dash­board – or these days touch­screen. Ted Rhodes via email

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