2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Auto-Off Blinker

May 10, 2012

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The turn signal in our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost turns off after one minute of continued use. I wouldn't know this if I hadn't been stopped at a left turn for over four minutes this morning and, as the last person in line, I wanted to keep my blinker on to avoid being rear ended by a bus. Every minute I had to switch it back on.

I tried it again at speed and sure enough, it turns off after a minute. Last week the SAE published results of a study that said turn signal neglect was responsible for twice as many accidents per year as distracted driving. Their solution was more attentive drivers. Kidding, kidding. Their solution was, of course, "smart turn signals" that turn off automatically after a period of time or give a warning should you forget to indicate. Looks like our Explorer already has half of that down.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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