Communicating your intentions with other drivers and pedestrians on the road creates a friendly and safe driving environment for everyone. Here are some important benefits of good communication:
The communication devices of your car include: turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights, a flash of the headlights, and the horn. Sometimes you may communicate by waving or nodding.
• Turn Signals
Use turn signals every time you turn or change lanes.
• Brake Lights
Any time you brake, your brake lights come on to communicate with other drivers that they need to slow down. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your brake lights are working properly. If you see a hazard ahead that you need to slow down, start slowing down early, so you allow the drivers behind you to be prepared and also slow down in a timely manner.
• Hazard Lights
Use these to warn drivers of trouble with your car or a hazard ahead
These should be used at night and during poor weather conditions; flashing your headlights is a way of communicating with another driver.
Use your horn to warn other drivers of a potential hazard; a short honk is usually enough to get the attention of a driver.
Using Turn Signals
Always use your turn signals in order to create a friendly and safe driving environment for all road users. Remember to cancel your signal after turning.
Signal every time:
Using Hand Signals