Using your car’s turn signals is important when it comes to safe driving. Although this practice is extremely easy and quick to do while driving, you’d be surprised at how many drivers don’t make this a habit. Turn signals is an effective way of communicating with other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians– it’s also common courtesy. It’s never a good idea to let others that’s sharing the road with you to assume your next move. If you’re unsure on how to use your blinkers or when to use them, continue reading! Other drivers will definitely appreciate your courtesy of using them.
How to Signal and Why You Should Use it
1. Head check
Whether you’re switching lanes or turning, ensure your car is safe and clear to do so by head checking or using your mirrors. It’s always a good habit to head check just in case a vehicle or cyclist is in your blind spot.
2. Use your blinker
Once you’re clear to switch lanes or turn, simply pull up or down the lever or handle on the left side of your steering wheel– pulling up indicates a right turn and pulling down indicates a left turn. A left or right arrow should be blinking in the direction you’re signaling on your dashboard. This is also the same handle to activate your headlights.
Be sure to signal about 100-500 feet before executing your intended move to safely let others know. If you’re on the freeway or highway, it’s highly recommended to signal at least 900 feet due to higher speed limits.
3. Turn off and continue driving
Once you’ve maneuvered your turn or merge, be sure to turn off your blinker by pushing it up or down to its original position. Continue safely on the road. Sounds easy, right?
When to use
There are many situations when to use your blinker:
1. Parking- Turn your blinker on if you’re waiting for a stall or when pulling in or out of a stall. Whether you’re pulling in, reverse, or parallel parking, this indicates other drivers or pedestrians you’re next move.
2. Turning onto roadways- Use your turn signal when yielding at red lights or flashing yellow lights. This also includes roundabouts.
3. Merging or changing lanes- Turn signals in these situations are important to ensure safety among other vehicles around you.