According to one of our recent Facebook posts, many motorists still don’t have a complete understanding of when to correctly indicate their intended direction of travel. We’ll go through some of the questions we’ve received to hopefully shed some light on this “lost art”.
It’s important to indicate to let other motorists know what you plan to do. While there is not a specific distance, you must give plenty of warning by signalling before you turn or change lanes to avoid a collision.
Make sure your indicator is turned off after each lane change. If your indicators are not working, not clearly visible or your vehicle does not have indicator lights then you must give a hand signal when turning right or stopping.
Drivers approaching a roundabout must use their indicator if they intend to turn left or right, or make a U-turn at the roundabout. They must give other road users sufficient notice of their intent to turn.
Just like exiting any road, drivers must signal left when leaving a roundabout, if it is practical to do so, and stop indicating as soon as they have exited the roundabout.
When travelling straight ahead on a small single lane roundabout, it may be impractical to indicate if exiting.
Although that little stick hiding behind the steering wheel should be used in the majority of instances, it is equally important to know when to indicate correctly to avoid further frustration.
Do you think motorists are using their indicator correctly – or at all? Please let us know if there are any other indicator questions you would like us to clarify.