If you driver, then hopefully you know how to use your blinker of turn signal on your vehicle. A lot of people, for some reason, either don’t know how to use their turn signal or just don’t use it in the first place. Not only is this potentially dangerous, but it is also illegal. Most states require by law that use indicate with your turn signal, if not, you could be looking at a traffic ticket, or a scary accident that your insurance won’t be too happy to see. Here are the ways you are supposed to use your turn signal and when you have to.
First off, one of the biggest issues when it comes to people not using their blinkers is when they are switching lane. It doesn’t matter if it’s in 5 o’clock traffic or at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, when you are driving and wish to switch into a different lane, you should indicate it to other drivers. This can cause a very dangerous situation if you do this wrong or not at all. Other people do not know that you want to scoot on over into their lane by reading your mind, and since you can’t simply tell them that you want to, you have to show them. If you want to move over to the left lane, flip your indicator to trigger the left turn signal. Then, after checking to make sure no one is in that lane, you may then move to that one lane. One lane; you shouldn’t cross more than one lane at a time. Just because you had your blinker on doesn’t mean someone 3 or 4 lanes away from you is aware that you want to change lanes all the way into theirs. Take your time and do one lane at a time. Also, remember to turn your indicator off when you are done changing lanes. If you don’t people won’t know what you are planning to do which can also lead to a dangerous situation. Perhaps for some odd reason you don’t know how to physically use your blinker trigger, then look in your owner’s manual, or experiment in your drive way.
You should also use your turn signal for, well, turns. This means if you pull up to a stop sign or stop light and wish to turn left or right, you should turn your left or right indicator on. This way other people at the stop, or people that are approaching can be aware of your next step. If you aren’t coming to a complete stop but want to turn into a store parking lot or something, then you should also signify this with your signal. Don’t turn your signal on too far in advance. If there are five possible entrances before yours, you don’t want to turn your signal on before the first turn. This may be misleading to someone who is waiting for you to turn and can lead to a nasty accident that your insurance will probably not be happy about.
Another use of your blinkers is when you wish to pull off to the side of the road. It doesn’t matter what type of road you are on, two lane road or highway, you should still indicate that you are pulling off to the left or right. This shows other drivers that you plan to pull off to the shoulder or median. Do not turn your hazard lights until you have come to a complete stop and off on the side of the road. If you turn your hazard lights on to indicate you want to pull over, other drivers will only take it as something is wrong. While your hazard lights are on you can’t use your turn signals to show you are switching lanes. Remember to always use your blinkers because not only is a safe way to communicate to other drivers what you plan to do, but it is also the law.