What Is This Thing Sticking Out of the Side of the Steering Column?

By Brendan Moore

04.30.2007

IN a survey of 1000 adult drivers done by Response Insurance recently, 57% of drivers in the U.S. admitted that they do not use their turn signals when changing lanes. You probably didn’t need a survey to tell you that, but here are some other interesting results from the same survey.

About 7% of the drivers that eschew their turn signals say they do so because it makes driving “more exciting”. Approximately 42% of the drivers that don’t use signals state that they’re too pressed for time to use their signals, with another 23% owning up to the fact that they’re just too lazy to flick that turn signal stalk up or down. About 17% don’t use their turn signals because they’re afraid they won’t remember to turn it off (Welcome to Florida – Enjoy Your Stay!), and get this; 11% say they’re much too busy changing lanes frequently to bother with signaling. I’m pretty sure I see that guy every evening on my way home. The survey also noted that 62% of men change lanes without signaling, while only 53% of women admit to doing so. The survey has a margin of error of approximately 3%.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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  1. I love the article title! Non-signaling drivers are one of my biggest automotive pet peeves.

    I can’t believe that people say they’re too pressed for time to turn on their signals. That’s interesting, because when I signal to change lanes, I don’t lift my foot from the gas pedal.

  2. “Welcome to Florida” – that’s good.

  3. So, 7% of people don’t use their turn signals because it makes driving “more exciting”? I bet it makes driving more “exciting” for the other drivers around them, too. Pretty selfish reason for possibly putting someone else’s life at risk. Of course, I guesss it isn’t any worse than the people that are too lazy to use their turn signals. Yeah, flicking that little lever once in a while really wears you out.

  4. I used to live in Germany and not using your turn signals on the Autobahn there will get you a ticket quickly. Much easier to drive fast if you don’t have to guess where the other driver is going.

  5. People shouldn’t even THINk about using their signals–it should be automatic (for the human, not the car!). I catch myself sometimes signalling in empty parking lots, and have tried to convey the virtues of always using the signals to my teenage son. But this survey confirms what I think we all recognize…

    Too busy? Doing what else, pray tell?

  6. Coming to you from Oz: Same problems here, but it’s so much better than anywhere in Southeast Asia and India, where I travel frequently. Things could be worse, right?

  7. Coming from Kenya, I don’t believe I’ve even seen anyone use turn signals there in the past 11 years that I’ve been there. EVER.

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