You may wonder why the driver in front of you cut you off unexpectedly. They didn’t use a signal, and it really ticked you off. You feel disrespected. What they did is dangerous, and not only that, it's against the law.
Besides forgetting or the driver’s turn signal being inactive(broken), what other reason — that you likely didn’t know — prevented the driver in front of you from using their turn signal?
Besides forgetting and a broken turn signal, why did the driver fail to put on their tune signal before getting in front of you?
In the case that the traffic is nearly back to back or just moving slowly, the reason why the bully car turned in front of you without a signal was simply that if they did, chances are you were not going to let them over. Many drivers encounter other drivers decreasing the space between them and the car in front to squeeze them out when they use a turn signal.
If more drivers were courteous, we could decrease the number of drivers failing to use turn signals in traffic.
I have a friend who makes turns in traffic without using a signal
I got the answer to this article's question from a friend who didn’t use a turn signal while getting over in traffic on the freeway. My friend told me directly that they didn’t use a signal because the car behind wouldn’t allow them to get over if they put on a signal.
I brought disrespect to their attention, and they countered with a lesson: don’t care about what others think about you. Ok. I brought up the fact that turning without a signal is illegal, and they shrugged it off as it really wasn’t a big deal, but actually, it is. It’s not murder; I get it. But, it could lead to a situation that my friend could have a hard time explaining. The car behind could’ve ran into my friend, and they would have to explain why they didn’t use a signal.
How drivers that fail to use turn signals can be influenced to do so
- Drill it in their head to use a signal every time they make a turn
- Tell multiple stories about bad occurrences resulting from failing to use a turn signal (accidents, fines, jail, etc.)
- Have the police explain to them what the law can do if they discover that they’ve failed to use a signal
Why do drivers fail to let you over when you put on a signal?
Drivers fail to let us over in traffic when we put on a signal because they are closer to getting out of the traffic. If they let you over, it is likely they will spend more time in traffic. Traffic is so frustrating for drivers, especially when they are late for an appointment.
The penalty for getting caught turning without a signal
Turning without a signal is considered reckless driving. You should signal at least 100 feet ahead of your turn (3–4 seconds before your turn). If you are caught failing to use a signal, a criminal charge can follow. You can do jail time and or pay a fine. And yes, you will have a criminal record (if convicted) if you had a squeaky clean record prior.
How often do accidents happen as a result of failing to use a turn signal?
According to anklinlaw.com, 2 million accidents a year are caused by drivers failing to use their turn signal.
Although a driver may fail to let you over continuously in your life while in traffic, that doesn’t give you the right to stop using a turn signal altogether. Drive safe and be responsible. Prevent road rage, and more importantly, prevent accidents.