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LA Motorist Handbook: Mixed Signals

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Speaking of traffic...

While thumbing through our copy of the 2005 California Drivers Handbook, we're amazed how different the world is outside its pages. For instance, CA Drivers Handbook says this about Signaling:

Always signal to other drivers when you plan to turn left, right, slow down, or stop. Signals may be given by hand-and-arm positions or by using the vehicles signal lights. If bright sunlight makes the signal lights hard to see, use hand-and-arm signals also.
Always signal: * Your left or right turn during the last 100 feet before reaching the turning point. Caution— Even though you signal, do not automatically assume that the space you wish to occupy is clear.
* Before every lane change. Also, look over your shoulder and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
* At least five seconds before you change lanes at freeway speeds.
* To let other drivers know your plans.
* Before pulling next to or away from the curb.
* When you change directions.
* Even when you don’t see other vehicles around. A vehicle you don’t see might hit you.

If you plan to turn beyond an intersection, start signaling when you are in the intersection. If you signal too early, the other driver may think you plan to turn into the intersection and he/she may pull out in front of you.

Remember to cancel your signal after turning if it doesn’t turn off by itself.