Lessoned learned, ride under assumption that no one can see you. If no one can see you there is no reason to use your blinkers as they can’t see them too. I also don't trust anyone else using blinkers until I actually see them slow down and beginning to turn. How many times any of you followed a car/bike with their blinkers on for miles? People forget.
should this have the opposite effect? i.e. you would try and make yourself MORE visible via said assumption? what people dont understand about turn signals is that it is not a declared intent. it is communicating a potential intent until it actually happens. once it is actually happening, the signal loses all contextual meaning and purpose. it is simply a communication tool that some people take too literally.
it should be viewed in the relevant context the signal is being used in. for example, you can tell the person forgot to turn off their signal if they're driving for a mile or longer on the freeway without any attempt made to change lanes, slow down, or exit the freeway. because of the context, the meaning of the signal is non-existent in that specific moment in that specific situation. when you see a signal, you cannot make an assessment solely on the meaning of the signal, you have to look and see if there are signs of braking, attempting to turn (look at the wheels), nearby places that the person could potentially turn into, etc etc.
in other words, use your fucking signals! make yourself more visible in every possible way, but still assume they cant see you. because you assume they cant see you, u need to try and communicate your intent as clearly as possible. if a person doesn't understand your intent when you attempted to communicate it, that's your fault not theirs. its your responsibility to communicate what YOU mean, what YOU intend. however, if the person understood your communication and disregarded them, that's on them.
in summary, you have eyes, USE THEM! dont make such quick and blind-judgments based on minimal observation (if any at all). want to test yourself? count how many passes you see in this video to ensure you're actually using your eyes.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJv3Q...eature=related