COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
The incorporation of indicator lights on a vehicle was the result from the formation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 50 years ago. However, currently, according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), over 25% of drivers fail to use their indicators, and a further 48% ignore it when changing lanes. A consequence of such laziness/ignorance has caused over 2 million vehicle crashes, which is an immense amount in relation to the estimated 950,000 incidents from drivers being distracted behind the wheel.
So, to be clear, a car’s indicator lights are amber in colour, and are found at the front, back, and sometimes to the right and left-hand sides of a vehicle. You need to communicate with other drivers and cyclists you are sharing the road with, and pedestrians in eyeshot of your planned intentions to either move lanes or turn left/right through using your indicators. Use them in ample time to give those around you time to respond and take safe action, and make sure to cancel them once the manoeuvre is complete, so not to cause confusion – Communication is key!
A driver would consider using his indicator lights when wishing to carry out the following courses of action:
• Moving off from the stationary position
• Stopping or moving away from a kerb at the side of the road
• Turning left or right at junction
• Overtaking other vehicles on the road
• Changes lanes
• Passing very slow or stationary vehicles
• Making a U-turn or 3-point turn
• Leaving a roundabout
So, for the importance of safety and being courteous to other road users, why do some drivers still fail to use their indicators?
Even though it is not against the law in the UK to drive without using your indicators, there is the offence of ‘Driving without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other road users’, which covers many characteristics of sub-standard driving. If your absence of using indication causes an accident, then you could be faced with a charge of careless driving, which depending upon the seriousness of the incident, could lead to a costly fine, 3 to 9 penalty points on your driving licence, or even a ban from driving altogether. Is it worth such a big risk of losing your freedom from not carrying out a simple task of using your indicators?
At Ultimate Styling we stock a wide range of front indicators and side lamps, side repeaters, performance front indicator and side light upgrades, and wing mirror indicators, so you can keep the lines of communication open between you and other road users.
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