As a professional limousine driver, you’ve probably seen just about every kind of driving behavior, the good, the bad and the ugly, as you perform your daily duties. But, according to a new study from the Society of Automotive Engineers, it’s what you’re NOT seeing that is creating as many problems as distracted driving. Specifically, the failure of drivers to simply use their turn signals is responsible for as many as 2 million accidents annually. That’s more than twice the 950,000 annual incidents attributed to distracted driving!
Do you use your own turn signals, or do you often think it’s such a minor action that it doesn’t really matter? The SAE research indicates that drivers either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes (or fail to turn them off) 48% of the time. When drivers are making a right or left turn, the failure rate is about 25%. That equates to 2 billion times a day that drivers fail to use their turn signals, or 750 billion times annually. One of the study’s results found that, after slow drivers in the left lane, the second biggest driving pet peeve is drivers who don’t use turn signals. And, sadly, the problem does not seem to be going away.
Whatever the reasons drivers fail to engage their signals, their use is required by law
and they are a vital safety feature in all vehicles. So what can you, the professional limousine driver, do? First and foremost, always use turn signals whenever turning, changing lanes or taking any action that would indicate you are moving your limo into the potential right-of-way of another vehicle. Even if you are the only vehicle on the road late at night, use your turn signal so that it becomes second nature to your driving behavior. You can’t guess if another driver will fail to use turn signals before making a move in traffic, but there are situations, especially when approaching intersections with turning lanes, that you can expect turns or other actions from other drivers that will not be signaled. Always stay alert and keep space around your vehicle to help avoid the mistakes and careless driving behavior of others.