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Do a good turn

Failing to correctly and safely indicate when turning near pedestrians could lead to a fine, nine points on your licence and even disqualification. According to the Highway Code, you must always: ‘Warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions.’ When turning into a side street, if a pedestrian has already started to cross the road you should allow them to cross safely as they have the right of way. Again, you should also be aware of pedestrians who are looking to cross the street, and clearly indicate to let them know of your decision to turn. While failing to indicate is not an offence in itself, should it lead to an incident with a pedestrian or colliding with another road user, it could be deemed careless or dangerous driving. Best advice: always signal your intentions to other road users clearly, including pedestrians. Failing to do so may mean you fall below the threshold of being a careful, competent driver and you could receive a ‘driving without due care and attention’ charge.

Turning: When to signal

When driving in residential areas you should signal around 30 meters (100 feet) in advance of making a right or left turn. This assumes there are no other turns on the same side of the road before the turn you intend to take, otherwise you’ll need to signal after that turn to avoid confusing other road users. For faster roads, this distance increases. On a dual carriageway at 70 mph, for example, signalling should start from around 275 meters (900 feet) from your exit.