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A New Driver's Guide to the Proper Use of Signals

Last updated 6 years ago

Since turn signals are not essential to a vehicle’s function, some drivers decide not to use them. As a new driver, you may not see what the big deal is. However, according to a recent study from the Society of Automotive Engineers, failure to properly use turn signals causes as many as two million accidents a year. Here’s a brief look at why turn signals are important and when you should use them:   

Being courteous

Using your turn signal is a common courtesy, much like tipping a waiter or holding the door open for the person behind you. If you want to change lanes while on the highway, using your turn signal is a courteous way to state your intentions. After a few seconds, the driver in the adjacent lane should repay your courtesy by letting you in.

Staying safe

Since most drivers aren’t mind readers, your turn signal is the best way to communicate your wishes on the road. If you fail to signal, the other drivers on the road will be completely unprepared for your actions. That’s why you should use your turn signal any time you want to turn, merge, switch lanes, or pull out of a parallel parking spot.

Developing good habits

If you’re the only car in sight, you might be tempted to neglect your turn signals. However, the only way to stay safe on the road is to use your turn signals every single time. Though it may not be necessary to use your turn signal on a lonely road, developing the habit will keep you and other drivers safe. You should also get in the habit of turning on your signals at least five seconds before you alter your course so that other drivers can adequately prepare. 

Though driving may seem straightforward, it’s filled with numerous complexities. In order to master them all, you should take driving lessons at Top Driver. Call us today at (888) 471-5418 to learn all about our instructors, facilities, and curriculum.  


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