Driving Gems: Using Your Turn Signals

Jim Luff
Posted on June 20, 2016

Using your turn signals is probably one of the most basic rules you learned in Driver’s Ed.  However, as you know, there are many people that consider them to be optional.  This can be both annoying and dangerous.  Using them all the time, even when it is not legally required can be considered courteous to other motorists and provide increased protection and safety for everyone.  They are called signals for a reason.  They signal your intentions to those around you and hopefully cause those around you to work in conjunction with your planned movement.

For a vehicle directly behind you, activating your turn signal to indicate your intention to turn right into an upcoming driveway lets the driver know you plan to be stepping on the brake pedal shortly.  With cooperation, he should begin slowing down to avoid a rear-end collision.  If you fail to use your signals, the chances of a rear-end collision increase by over 100 percent according to some studies.  If the driver following you is texting while driving, it is likely he might notice your turn signal come on and have time to react.  Without any signal, the only thing he might notice is your brake lights as you begin to execute your turn.

Be courteous and safe and always use your turn signals.  Even in a parking lot if your intention is to turn down a particular row of parking stalls.

Related Topics: accident reduction, accidents, driver safety, limo crashes, passenger safety, Safety, safety education

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