Driving over the Thanksgiving holidays reminded me once again of a problem on our highways.
It is the lack of drivers using their turn signals. So, with so many examples of poor driving in mind, I resolve to make this one small contribution. I will use my turn signals to communicate my intentions to other drivers on the road.
We hear a lot about things we should not be doing (such as texting while driving). But, here is a simple area where we can take positive action to improve our driving and set an example for other drivers.
It's the Law
A quick internet search for [Texas turn signal law] found these rules:
(a) An operator shall use the signal authorized by Section 545.106 to indicate an intention to turn, change lanes, or start from a parked position.
(b) An operator intending to turn a vehicle right or left shall signal continuously for not less than the last 100 feet of movement of the vehicle before the turn.
(c) An operator may not light the signals on only one side of the vehicle on a parked or disabled vehicle or use the signals as a courtesy or “do pass” signal to the operator of another vehicle approaching from the rear.
I don't know of anyone that was ever fined for not using a turn signal. But, this [study from 2012] indicates it is a bigger cause of crashes than distracted driving.
It's Good Courtesy
We have enough stress in life without increasing it on the road. There are plenty of mind numbed, raging drivers out there. Decline to be part of that group. Good use of turn signals help increase courtesy on the road.
Join me in making our roads just a little bit safer and use those turn signals properly.