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Always signal your intent

As you will discover, drivers who display less than courteous behaviour on the road are deemed more than annoying by other road users. It’s not surprising therefore that lack of signals is the nation’s second most-disliked motoring habit, behind tailgating. When it comes to failing to indicate, it’s easy to forget that it’s not only drivers who are affected. How many times have pedestrians stood, waiting at the kerb for a car that wasn’t indicating, not knowing whether it’s safe to cross or not? One reason this misdemeanour tops the chart of bad driving habits is the inconsideration and laziness of the driver who doesn’t bother to indicate. While there’s no specific motoring offence of ‘failing to indicate’, any breach of the Highway Code can be seen as committing the offence of careless driving. In this instance, ‘indicating’ is covered by Rules 103-106 of the Code which reminds you that signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions. The rules state that you should always give clear signals in plenty of time, having checked it is not misleading to signal at that time, and to use your signals to advise other road users before you change course or direction, stop or move off.