emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by Casa Juan @, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 21:02 (151 days ago)

I have been driving one of two different vehicles almost daily here in Zihua for three years and sometimes as far as Patzcurro. Soon I may venture further inland if I can be semi assured of getting magna .

I have learned to not rely upon ,but give a distance when a driver in my vicinity uses a turn signal, realizing a left turn signal may mean a right turn or maybe a real left turn?

What I have not been able to figure out is the average motorist's use of emergency or hazard lights while they seemingly drive straight down a highway/street.

Does it mean the motorist is thinking of turning or stopping but they are not sure where? :wtf:

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emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by Talley Ho @, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 21:28 (151 days ago) @ Casa Juan

We totally get it!

After many many many tens of thousands of miles driving an RV in Mexico we decided a couple of things.

Flashers are used her more than in the US, and it's a good thing. If there is a road hazard ahead, a slow down ahead or even road workers ahead, flashers go on. If someone is driving slowly for any reason, they put their flashers on. When backing up in many states the law states that if you are going more than 5 meters you must use your flashers. Flashers do not mean that someone is going to turn.

Go explore, it's all good!

emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by HolyMole, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 21:54 (151 days ago) @ Casa Juan

I have been driving one of two different vehicles almost daily here in Zihua for three years and sometimes as far as Patzcurro. Soon I may venture further inland if I can be semi assured of getting magna .

I have learned to not rely upon ,but give a distance when a driver in my vicinity uses a turn signal, realizing a left turn signal may mean a right turn or maybe a real left turn?

What I have not been able to figure out is the average motorist's use of emergency or hazard lights while they seemingly drive straight down a highway/street.

Does it mean the motorist is thinking of turning or stopping but they are not sure where? :wtf:

We've seen motorists use their flashers when passing on those 3-lane roads, probably because Mexican law doesn't mandate low beams at all times, as are required in Canada (and the US?....I forget)
The best use of flashers here in Mexico is when a vehicle wants to back into a parking space. On go the flashers, so others know to leave enough space.

emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, January 17, 2019, 08:05 (150 days ago) @ Casa Juan

Right turn signal means "I am turning right" or "There is a hazard in the left lane ahead"

Left turn signal means "I am turning left" or "It is OK to pass me on the left"

Flashers mean "Hazard ahead" or "I am stopping to back up" or "I am going to pull into a parking spot" or "I am bored and decided to play with my flashers" or ????


Bottom line: Drive defensively at all times, expect the unexpected, flashers and turn signals have many different meanings, when the guy or left or right gets his bumper expect him to 1. Continue going straight ahead OR he has the right of way to cut into your lane or?????

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emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, January 17, 2019, 08:57 (150 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I have no idea how these habits arise. Getting a driver's license in Guerrero requires a medical, but no knowledge or driving test.

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emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, January 17, 2019, 09:49 (150 days ago) @ frostbite

How true! I went with my amiga (now wife) for her license. We had both gone to a lab the day before and had lab work for another reason and, as a lark, I also asked for a license since the lab work appeared to meet the requirements. The clerk issuing the licenses was ready to issue me a license without further ado when my amiga and I burst out laughing and left.

I am obviously blind by my actions and I walk with a red tipped cane. So much for the vision test.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:03 (150 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

When I applied for mine, the lady in the office had all the equipment to print the license next to her desk, but she insisted that I come back the next day at 09:00. Being a punctuality freak, I got there at 08:55. She waddled in at 09:35 carrying 4 bags of groceries. No greeting or apology; just handed me the license.

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emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by Talley Ho @, Thursday, January 17, 2019, 10:05 (150 days ago) @ frostbite

Jalisco requires both a written and in the car driving test.

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emergency flashers as a regular driving feature

by hromero ⌂ @, Thursday, January 17, 2019, 08:48 (150 days ago) @ Casa Juan

I continue to be baffled by this as well. Everything that everyone has said about possible meanings of turn signals and hazard lights is true and so I have decided that a turn signal on its own cannot be used to determine or even approximate the intent of the driver. It is simply an indication that I need to pay closer attention to the driver and any signals they may be giving by the direction they are looking or by motions with their hands. It is still frustrating to me at times but my father's instructions on defensive driving has served me well here.

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