Steer Toward Safety

Ask The Experts

Turn Signals – Please Use Them

Q. Using turn signals should be a basic activity of driving; I believe we could all agree on that. However, I am amazed at the number of drivers who fail to use their signals or use them so late in the turning activity that it is a waste of time.

Using turn signals, and using them correctly should be common practice. What ideas can you share that will help people realize the need to use their turn signal correctly?

JB – Sales Department

A. Thank you for the question.

Utilizing vehicle turn signals is very important when driving. Absent the signal, drivers around you are unaware of your intentions when turning or making a lane change. Turn signals allow the traffic around the driver to adjust their speed or their lane choice. It could also determine the speed of the traffic around the driver as well.

Here are some key points when sharing information about signals in general:

  • The need to alert those around you of your intentions. Signals allow us to communicate with those we share the road with.
  • Timely communication with those on the roadway. Remember, you know what your next move is, the signal is to let others know what move you are planning… a timely signal is important.
  • A signal can prevent motor-vehicle crashes, protecting you and drivers you share the road with.
  • A signal doesn’t give you any special right before you carry out your actions. Be sure your actions can be completed safely.

Thank you,
Ben Langley

Be Sociable, Share!

This question was answered by:

Contact the author

- has written 122 posts on Driving Dynamics.


Our lawyers make us state this but it is important for you to understand. The answers or advice provided by the contributors in Ask the Experts is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Driving Dynamics, Inc. and its contributors expressly disclaim all responsibility for and liability in respect of the accuracy of any question, answer or other content posted. You bear all risk of acting upon this information provided or otherwise obtained through Ask The Experts.

Tip of the Month

Proper Parking & Backing: Safety Tip

Proper Parking & Backing: Safety Tip

This “One Second Advantage™” Safety Tip will help you reduce the chances of sustaining a fender-bender … or worse … in these often, challenging driving conditions.

Be Sociable, Share!
Open Enrollment Schedule
Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics