The Dangers of Turn Signal Neglect

February 5, 2013

The proper use of turn signals gives other drivers on the road – and in parking lots – time to react to your moves. But a surprising number of drivers have a cavalier attitude about the use of turn indicators, employing them inconsistently and often late.

According to a report issued in April, 2012, by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), turn signal neglect causes as many as 2 million crashes per year in the U.S. The organization studied a total of 12 turning and lane-changing vehicles, and found that the neglect rate for lane changing is 48% and 25% when making turns.