Hand signals are an important part of driving.
During your driving test, you will be required to know the hand signals that alert other drivers of your intentions. In the event that your turn signals or brake lights malfunction, these signals serve the same function. Even if you have already taken your driving test, it is important to remember these signals in case you need to use them.
In case your turn signal is not working, the hand signals for making a left turn or lane change is sticking your left arm straight out your window. Make sure your arm is perfectly straight so that other drivers know that you are signaling and not just sticking your hand out the window. Start signaling at least 100 feet before you make the turn or lane change to give the other drivers enough notice.
The hand signal for making a right turn is sticking your arm out in an ‘L’ shape. Again, make you’re your signal is obvious to other drivers. This signal may be harder to see compared to the left turn hand signal so make your arm as visible as possible.
Slow or Stop
In the event that your brake lights are out and you are on your way to get them fixed, you will have to use this signal. It is the opposite of the right turn signal, so try not to mix them up. Instead of sticking your arm up in an ‘L’ shape, bend your arm down so that your fingers are directed towards the ground. This one is especially important because brake lights are so vital in alerting other drivers of your speed.
Be a Good Driver
Hand Signals for other drivers is a big part of being a good driver. If your turn signals or brake lights are out, you must be extra cautious and aware while driving. Knowing these hand signals will help you stay safe when your lights are not working.