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Using your car signals properly


Most of us can remember our driving instructor drumming into us the 'mirror-signal-manoeuvre' mantra, but how many of us still do it today? Also many people flash their lights for various reasons - is this actually a 'safe' thing to do? These issues and others are explored in more detail below.


Mirror-signal-manoeuvre!

Yes you've heard it before, but for those of us who have been driving for a while now, it perhaps needs to be clarified a little more. Mirror-signal-manoeuvre does not just mean a quick glance in the mirror, indicate and go. You should always aim to check not just your rear view mirror but also your wing mirrors and your blind spot both before signaling AND before manoeuvring.

Always signal early, indicators should be used to warn other drivers that you intend to change direction, NOT that your ARE changing direction. It is of no use to anyone if you get to a junction, brake and then indicate.


Using brake lights

A good driver should always try to adopt 'smooth' driving style. Avoid an 'accelerate hard - brake hard' style of driving as it not only gives other drivers less time to react to your braking, it will also use up your fuel more quickly.


Hazard Lights

Hazard lights should be used to warn other drivers that either you have a problem with your vehicle or that your car is parked somewhere that might cause an obstruction to other drivers.

Situations where you could use your hazard lights:
  • Your vehicle has broken down and is causing an obstruction

  • There is an obstacle in your way which you can't get round eg. a road accident

  • If your car has an engine problem but you cannot pull over immediately. They should only be used briefly of course otherwise other drivers will not see your direction indicators!

Flashing headlights

Flashing your headlights to say 'ok, you can go' can actually be quite dangerous and should be done with care. Remember that it is your responsibility to decide whether it is safe to proceed, it can be dangerous to assume that the other drivers 'advice' is correct. If you (or another driver) has an accident because someone else flashed you to say 'it's ok to go', it will still be your fault.

The Highway code states that the only situation where it is valid to flash your headlights, is to make someone aware of your presence, in case they haven't noticed you.

When to use your horn

The horn of your car should only be used to warn other drivers of your presence, if you think they have not seen you. It should not be used to intimidate other drivers. If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, we can help you get your vehicle repaired, organise a hire care for you, and even make an injury compensation claim on your behalf.

Car Call UK and our partners are specialists in managing all aspects of a road accident claim, and because we and our partners recover our costs from the at-fault drivers insurance company.

Call us now on 02392 484 244 for free help and advice from one of our experienced claims advisors.
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