November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
A little while back, we asked some of the fans of our Facebook page to fill in the blank for this statement: “I love it when other drivers _____.” From the results, it appeared that turn signals might be an under utilized vehicle feature. So, we found an app, took a couple of quick pictures, and posted this:
The response has been good, especially with our Twitter account, and has generated some good dialogue about turn signals… Some topics include, who uses them, whether or not to trust them, and whether not using them is a defensive driving tactic.
Regardless of your personal feelings about turn signals, one entity’s stand on them should factor into your decision about using them: Utah statute. That’s right, you’re required by law to signal before changing lanes or turning:
41-6a-804. Turning or changing lanes — Safety — Signals — Stopping or sudden decrease in speed — Signal flashing — Where prohibited.
(1) (a) A person may not turn a vehicle or move right or left on a roadway or change lanes until:
(i) the movement can be made with reasonable safety; and
(ii) an appropriate signal has been given as provided under this section.
And, if you’re inclined to signal while changing lanes or after actually making your move, you should know that you’re required to signal for two seconds:
(b) A signal of intention to turn right or left or to change lanes shall be given continuously for at least the last two seconds preceding the beginning of the movement.
We would like to encourage everyone to re-imagine your turn signals – let’s take back turn signals and make them part of not only driving strategy but driving courtesy!