Not so long ago it was a common courtesy, not to mention a safe driving habit to use your turn signal light when making a turn or changing lanes in traffic. It used to be that failure to use a turn signal of some sort would get you a traffic ticket. So, what has changed? Why does it seem like more and more people are just not using their turn signals anymore? Has signaling a turn become optional in the traffic laws? It seems the reason may be a social one, or maybe we’re just lazy? Here are some interesting reasons drivers have given for not using their turn signals.
The most common reason why drivers don’t use their turn signal is also the simplest one — they forget to flip the switch. Forgetfulness used to get you a ticket.
Some people say they just don’t have enough time. Drivers claim that the quick decisions they often have to make in traffic leave little time to let other drivers know what their intensions are. Not too safe.
As we mentioned before, some drivers are under the impression that turn signals are optional. Some drivers seem to think that it’s okay to neglect showing the signal when no one is around. Sure, you are unlikely to hurt or offend anyone that way, but that’s still not a good habit.
Some drivers actually use “not” signaling as a tactic. Some drivers purposely don’t show their turn signals, so that they can quickly slip into lanes before anyone can block their access. It is very selfish, and dangerous to do this. Is it really worth the risk just to advance one or two car lengths in traffic?
It sounds amazing but many admit that they’re just too lazy. According to one survey, 23 per cent of drivers don’t use turn signals because they are just too “lazy” to do it. If so many people are indeed lazy to perform such a simple task, it’s remarkable that they have enough willpower to drive in the first place.
Somehow, I don’t see any of those as good reasons.