Is it just me or does anybody else think the turn indicator is annoyingly loud? Does the small speaker under the dash make all the tones for dash functions, including the blinker noise? I'm tempted to put a piece of sound deadening foam over that little sucker.
I rode around in my buddies '12 F150 and I never noticed the indicator noise. But, the truck I drive for work has a noisy turn indicator so I'm used to it. I also like the noise because then I know if the turn signal doesn't shut off.
Actually, the whole blinker strategy is poorly executed in my opinion. The sounds are too loud. The timed lane change feature is too short and was made for people that dart around without warning, so I just end up holding it in place during my entire lane change. And it takes twice as many strokes on the stalk to change lanes quickly in city traffic when you have to turn opposite directions is succession. In the effort to make things more simple Ford really just made it more difficult and less user friendly. I spend more time making blinker commands now then I ever did with a conventional blinker stalk.
People leave blinkers on because they are distracted by something else. They are usually poor drivers in the first place, or driving recklessly. The hanging blinker is the least of the problems to worry about. Keeping their car from touching other cars is the problem to worry about.
I think Mike Rowe needs to change his lines in the commercials,
"It has best in class payload.
Best in class towing.
Go to your Ford dealer today"