Monday, 7 January 2013

The Importance of Indicating Whilst Driving

When out on the road it can be easy to slip into bad habits - especially when it comes to not using the vehicle's indicators correctly.

Did you know that by not using your indicators you could be risking your life and that of other road users?

It might sound a little dramatic but a recent study suggests that indicator neglect can result in up to 2 million crashes over a 12 month period, according to the US Society of Automotive Engineers. When compared to the 950,000 crashes reported by the US Department of Transportation as a result of distracted driving (i.e. mobile phone use, ogling attractive pedestrians, etc) it puts it into perspective.

We've all seen it - someone driving on the motorway or dual-carriageway swerving in and out of lanes without indicating. Whether this is through sheer ignorance or just a complete disregard for other road users is not known - but that doesn't take away the fact that it can be dangerous - possibly fatal.

Indicator signals are there to inform other road users and pedestrians about what you plan on doing. For example, if you plan on turning into another road and a pedestrian is about to cross it tells them what your intentions are and they may wait for you to turn. However, if you go to turn without indicating and the pedestrian is already crossing as they are not aware of your intentions then this could result in an accident...

These two examples highlight the importance of signalling - whether you're in a built-up area such as a town or village or even on the motorway. By forcing yourself to use indicators you are taking an important step to driving safely.

Here at iKube we still turn to the Highway Code to check driving facts - especially if it means it will make us safer drivers. Take a look below at what the Code says about signalling:

• Always give clear signals in plenty of time. It's important to check that it's not misleading to signal.
• Use indicators to advise other road users before changing course or direction.
• Cancel your indicators after use.
• Ensure that your signals will not confuse others.
• Be aware that an indicator on another vehicle may not have been cancelled.

Remember - by driving safely you naturally reduce the chance of accidents on the road - as well as reducing the likelihood of claiming on your young drivers insurance.