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