Which of these statements would best describe your progress turning right at a roundabout?

(a) I don’t signal at all

(b) I apply a left signal on approach then cancel it once I’m entering the turn-off

(c) I signal right on approach to the roundabout then signal left before the turn-off 

Which of these statements would best describe your progress joining or leaving a dual carriageway?

(a) I don’t signal at all

(b) I wait until I’m moving onto the slip road or joining, signalling at the same time

(c) I signal in advance until I’m on the slip road or dual carriageway 

When intending to turn left or right and approaching in a lane marked left/right turn only do you signal?


As a driver with many years experience making my living from teaching others, it’s a constant source of frustration to find that the vast majority of people on the road don’t understand the importance of letting other road users know what their intentions are well in advance. The two things to bear in mind when using your indicators are that signals aren’t for you they’re for other people, and you mustn’t confuse other people by signalling at the wrong time. Most ‘experienced’ drivers use signals (indicators) incorrectly or not at all. Look at the three examples above and see how much you think you know about signals and their purpose. 

The correct answers are (c) in the first two cases, and ‘yes’ in the third example. If you chose other options or didn’t agree with the correct statements, then you need to seriously think about your use of signals and their purpose.

Even if you hadn’t been taught it you should’ve developed a natural instinct to make yourself aware of the situation around you before manoeuvring (changing your speed or direction) and also not frightening anyone by indicating when they’re nearby, thereby making them think you’re about to suddenly move towards them ...Mirror/Signal/Manoeuvre. You’re not asking permission as much as making them aware of your intentions. 

When approaching any Give Way/intersection, you’ll always signal. Even though you may not see other vehicles initially they'll often appear during an approach. For this reason adopt a blanket rule of always signalling on approach to these points.

If ever you need to ask yourself whether a signal would be necessary or helpful, put yourself in the position of other road users. Bearing this in mind and thinking about the two main purposes of signals look again at the three examples if you weren’t sure the first time.