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Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Tue May 10, 2016 6:51 am

Is it me or are modern car indicators a bit crap? I was sitting at a junction yesterday looking into the sun, trying to work out if of any of the cars were indicating to take the junction just before the one I was emerging from. Some did have them on but they just were not clear enough to be seen alongside daytime running lights. Suddenly an old Morris Marina came by with its old fashioned orange indicator clearly visible! Technology eh?
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Bowcastle » Tue May 10, 2016 8:45 am

I agree they are crap - the buses are the worst where the indicator is within the light and it's really hard to tell if it's indicating or not
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Tue May 10, 2016 4:05 pm

I'm glad it's not just me. Drives me nuts.
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby NICK » Wed May 11, 2016 6:28 pm

A lot of modern vehicles use leds, from directly behind they can be seen,but off to one side you'd swear blind they ain't working.Cheers
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby marty r » Thu May 12, 2016 6:48 am

Totally agree. Indicators on many modern cars are v hard to see. But I never act on what car driver indicates they will do, only on what they actually do.

Another bug - number of one-eyed monsters. V common now. Back in the day you'd have got pulled by the polis for this. Not any more, apparently
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Thu May 12, 2016 2:31 pm

To be fair with the one headlight thing. With my last new car, the front bumper had to be removed to change a headlight bulb. Some 25 bolts underneath the car to be precise! Manufacturers should be held accountable though. Its the same as people who feel the need to drive with their fog lights on but only one works anyway? Why??? :lol:
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby p0stscript » Tue May 17, 2016 9:53 pm

Lusciousthelock wrote:To be fair with the one headlight thing. With my last new car, the front bumper had to be removed to change a headlight bulb. Some 25 bolts underneath the car to be precise! Manufacturers should be held accountable though.

Wasn't a Renault by any chance?, because my wife's was a dog to change the bulb.

Lusciousthelock wrote:Its the same as people who feel the need to drive with their fog lights on but only one works anyway? Why??? :lol:

Only a half foggy day?
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Wed May 18, 2016 6:36 am

Actually my car at the time was a Kia Picanto, dull car but all it cost me in 11years was two sets of tyres, two full services, one cam belt and a headlight bulb! I thought Renault would make the headlight bulb thing quite easy since they love to enforce that one in France?
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby NICK » Wed May 18, 2016 8:31 pm

I've got a long held theory the French build easy to work on Renaults and Citroens for their home market, and build special bastard models for the UK. Cheers
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby p0stscript » Thu May 19, 2016 4:44 pm

NICK wrote:I've got a long held theory the French build easy to work on Renaults and Citroens for their home market, and build special bastard models for the UK. Cheers

Probably true, law to carry spare bulb in France but you haven't got a friggin hope in changing it on the roadside on wife's Modus.
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Sat May 21, 2016 2:48 pm

I think I suffered from this myself today in Tesco's car park. So many mini roundabouts and despite me indicating and riding a bright red scooter, everybody just pulled out in front of me! An indicator problem or scooter blindness?

Can't wait to change these lamps to orange.
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby N0SEY » Sat May 21, 2016 5:16 pm

Try and make eye contact if you can, gives you some idea if they have seen you but there are many that just treat you with contempt and will pull out knowing that you have no choice but to slow down or stop. Waste of time the THINK BIKE posters up in our area at the moment. Think it was you waiting at the top of Bloors lane am today ;)
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Sat May 21, 2016 5:41 pm

Yep was me, been past a few times today, making adjustments then testing it out. Had a lovely ride down to Leysdown as it's supposed to rain tomorrow. Still having clutch issues after an oil swap to a lighter grade, so that little hill there at the lights on Bloors is a nightmare lol.

I always stare back at the buggers, but lately I've found the need to shout too! (not like me at all.)
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Philos » Sat May 21, 2016 9:33 pm

We have the same problem in Australia with drivers seemingly ignoring motorbikes... I ride with the mindset that everyone around me is a potential idiot and could possibly carry out the most stupid manoeuvres seen to mankind. Plus I always ride with the headlight on now.

We had a campaign (probably similar to your Think Bike campaign) years ago over here - it made little to no difference to the mentality of drivers.
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Re: Indicators that can't be seen

Postby Lusciousthelock » Sun May 22, 2016 7:26 am

I'm sure its a scooter thing though, as Its never this bad on my Bike. It does happen but somehow the scooter is extra invisible (We should sell the technology to the Ministry of defence).

Both my bike and my scooter do not have off switches for the headlamps, so permanently on which is law here in Europe I believe. Its a bit like a Health and Safety study we did at work. People get used to seeing the lights so ignore them. That's why pink Hi-viz makes you more visible than yellow- because you see so many yellow about these days and ordinary people don't wear pink! Also why vehicles shouldn't be driving along with amber beacons on, like Dust carts for example as when they are actually working and needing the amber warning, people will simply not notice them.
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