Are your Turn Signals On?

Turn Signal UsageA turn signal is meant to give warning to other drivers

By Dan Deary, posted in Phoenix truck painting on February 14, 2013 Cars and trucks are equipped with turn signals for a reason, but it seems that more and more people are forgetting to put them to use or are simply too lazy to use them. In a recently published report by The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), it was established that neglecting to use turn signals has caused over two million accidents a year. When these accidents involve a semi-truck the results can be fatal. Each time a driver doesn’t use their turn signal, it increases the chances of an accident occurring. Using turn signals is not an option when driving. It is important to try and use turn signals when you are turning and changing lanes, to try and let fellow drivers know any possible moves that are going to be made on the road. The Society of Automotive Engineers has proposed a solution for the neglecting of turn signals. They want “Smart Turn Signals” to be set up in vehicles of all sizes. They use sensors to shut off turn signals once a turn has been made. With this, there will also be a “Turn Signal Assist” feature which allows the vehicle to display information regarding how many times drivers do not use their turn signals or if they don’t shut them off quick enough. Of course, it can be many years before this is change is implemented, but for drivers who need tips on how to use that turn signal of theirs, here they are:
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A turn signal is meant to give warning to other drivers what you are trying to do on the road. In order for it to be a warning, it should be used before you make an act.
  • Try to get in the habit of using your turn signal all the time. Even if you do not have people around you, it is important that you try and get into the habit of using it. Just because you don’t anybody, doesn’t mean that nobody is there.
  • Turning signals are meant for exactly that-turning. They should be used for all turns.
  • Be sure to turn on your turn signal a few seconds before making your turn. 100 feet is appropriate but can vary, say if entering the highway.
  • Always be sure to turn off your turn signal. If it doesn’t turn off automatically, just move it back to its neutral position.
All it takes is one move of the lever to signal to other drivers what types of moves you will be making on the road. Your turning signal is there for a reason, so use it. Our commercial body shop has seen may semi-truck accidents and we can only help but wonder if even one of these accidents could have been avoided by the use of turn signal.
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