• Mar 16, 2006

In what can only be described as a piercing glimpse into the obvious, a national survey by Response Insurance reveals that a remarkable 57-percent of U.S. drivers don't use their turn signals when changing lanes. Even more amazing (frightening?) is that 7-percent of those drivers confess that they don't signal because it "adds excitement to driving"!

Signal-challenged drivers also admit to not having enough time (42-percent), being lazy (23-percent), not signalling because they forget to turn it off afterward (17-percent), changing lanes too often to bother signalling (12-percent), thinking that signalling isn't important (11-percent), and not signalling because other drivers don't (8-percent).

Fully 71-percent of drivers ages 18-to-24 admitted they don't signal when changing lanes.

From one group of driving enthusiasts to another: Light 'em up, people!!

[Source: Response Insurance via PRNewswire]





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      • 8 Years Ago
      I admit that i fall into the lazy group of not signaling..in fact im so lazy i don't even bother finishing this sente...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Signal for changing lanes? Never....
      At least not until you all stop flooring the gas to keep me from changing lanes, when there was plenty of room BEFORE the signal...."

      It's a neverending cycle, somebody has to break it. I turn on my signal and change lanes just fine (cutting a lot of people off, of course).

      My trick is merging into the lane even as the car you're going behind is right beside you. That sends the signal of "I don't care if you want to cut me off I'm going in." 1% of the time the other car will speed up and try cutting you off. And that 1% will also hit the brakes and honk at you loudly, thus ultimately letting you in =D
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's make it clear too, turn signals are a WARNING to let drivers know that you WILL be turning/changing lanes. You are not supposed to start changing lanes and then turn on your signals. I can clearly see you are changing lanes and are about to hit my car, a*****e! You don't need to tell me that!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Signal for changing lanes? Never....
      At least not until you all stop flooring the gas to keep me from changing lanes, when there was plenty of room BEFORE the signal....
      I used to be surprised by the number of people who DID signal, but never acted on or acted opposite the signal...
      No one should ever trust/commit based on someones 'signal'....
      We 'SHOULD' all drive politely and safely, but thats probably not gonna happen anytime soon....
      When it does, Ill start signaling again.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't signal, that way the government can't track my movements using the embedded turn signal RF ID tags installed by the NSA. I disabled my brakelights for the same reason. If you don't want them tracking you never turn your headlights on, or drive through tunnels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think a lot of it is down to the poor standard of driver training in the US. If you are drilled to use your signals, you will do it. If you don't get trained properly, it's unsurprising bad habits will spring up.

      Not signalling is dangerous. By definition, the signal's to alert drivers who don't already know what you're planning to do (for whatever reason), which likely includes the people you don't know are there and are about to drive into. And people trying to prevent you changing lanes is hardly an excuse -- just wait and let them charge on ahead.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everyone should signal! I'm sure if they did a study the outcome would prove that signaling is useful and save slives or at the very least it saves accidents.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I always signal. It's just that sometimes, I'm too busy looking over my shoulder at the blind spot to make my hand find the signal safely. I always signal though--although sometimes it happens after I've made the lane change.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow a lot of Bay Area drivers on this post, and all the rants are correct. Driving in this area and LA are insanely aggresive. I signal 99% of the time(even at 90mph or when on the phone), and I still can't get used to people who don't signal when going under 65mph.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Our schools can't teach our children to read, write and do arithmetic. So why is anyone surprised to see that we can't teach them to drive?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 9 years I lived in Southern California were 9 years I had to guess what people were going to do on the roads. Typically in large, chromed-out SUVs and typically with the stupid cell phone in hand (Orange County is the Million-Man Cliche). They need to run public service announcements in California to teach people what that extra stalk on the steering column is for.

      Or is it not ignorance, but just the "all about me" mentality there? Yeah, that too.

      Now I'm back in Utah, where everyone drives like they have no idea where they're going, but at least they signal so you know.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I use my signal even when on the highway and no ones around, habit I guess. I certainly allow signal users to change lanes in front of me unless I deem them to be insanely slow drivers which will only hinder my forward progress, but most times I dont care either way. I just hope that with my courteous actions that someone will provide me the same in return someday because only two things get me really mad: Left Lane Campers, and Cut-Off Drivers....and yes I will follow you until you get sufficiently paranoid im out to get you and will hunt you down, before turning down my own road. Mind games are the best, muahahaha!
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