Nov 7

When To Use A Turn Signal – Florida Law Tells Drivers

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“Use your turn signal!” How many times do you say this to other drivers each day? If you are like me, many. Did you know that there is a state law as to when a driver must use his or her turn signal?

when to use a turn signalFlorida Statute 316.155 tells us when a turn signal is required:

(1) No person may turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a highway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety, and then only after giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided, in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.

(2) A signal of intention to turn right or left must be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning, except that such a signal by hand or arm need not be given continuously by a bicyclist if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle.

(3) No person may stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear, when there is opportunity to give such signal.

In layman’s terms, a driver must use a turn signal to make a turn or to change lanes. Not immediately when changing lanes or turning, but at least 100 feet from where you want to change lanes or turn. That’s about six car lengths!

Failure to use your turn signal when changing lanes or turning can result in non-moving violation ticket which can cost you about $116. So, prevent other drivers from getting mad by following the law and using your turn signal to change lanes or before making your turn.

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