Message Monday

Did you run out of blinker fluid?

Why don’t people use their turn signals? Is there some magical solution that seems to have run dry or is it that the little lever on the side of your steering wheel have yet to be discovered?

When reddit asked the question of “Why?” to “People who don’t use your turn signal,” these are some of the responses.

  1. I don’t care.
  2. I forgot to use it.
  3. I didn’t know I was supposed to.

So what’s the big deal about not signaling? According to a study by The Society of Automotive Engineers, turn signal neglect in the United States causes about two million crashes per year.

SAE observed a total of 12,000 lane-changing and turning vehicles, concluding 25 percent of drivers neglected to signal when turning and a whopping 48 percent neglected to do so when changing lanes. Applying these percentages to U.S. drivers as a whole translates to 750 billion instances of turn signal neglect per year – or more than 2 billion instances per day, according to the study.

In case you were wondering, using your turn signal is mandated by Iowa Code section 321.315.    

The fatality count of 78 is an increase of 10 since last Monday. Preliminary number show that in all of 2016, 404 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf

April 17, 2017