FAIRFAX, Va. – It was a mixture of exploration and revelation yesterday when Northern Virginia resident Noah Richards discovered the left turn signal feature on his vehicle while driving to work.
Richards recounted his experience in a recent Facebook post: “I was driving on the beltway, on my morning commute like I always do, and then I accidentally flipped this switch next to the wheel as I was putting my phone off to the side. The car started making this “clicking” sound and there’s this blinking arrow next to the speedometer (that’s what it’s called, right?)”
He went on to say that, at first, he wasn’t sure what to make of the phenomenon.
“I didn’t know what to do, it was like it was trying to indicate something to me. It’s not like the Civic was handling differently or anything. I just kept going until I could pull off to the side and call AAA for help.”
Witnesses have corroborated his story, confirming that Richards was indeed driving his 2011 Honda Civic yesterday when his left turn signal began blinking, despite no evidence of an actual lane merger occurring.
Jamal Watkins, another motorist, claimed to have seen the signal flashing, yet the vehicle remained in the same lane. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, so I just kept my safe distance of two seconds. You know, the recommended length away from the guy in front of you when you’re hitting 70+ mph.”
When he was informed he had stumbled upon a common safety feature, Richards seemed rather confused, asserting disbelief that such a thing exists.
“How come I haven’t seen this before on any other cars around here? Is there, like, a ‘right turn signal’ that I don’t know about too?”