When turning left or making a lane change, motorists should extend their left arm, palm forward, straight out the window. It is important to leave the left turn signal on when making the lane change. In addition, motorists should be extra careful to avoid striking objects. They should also remain in this position until the turn is safe. Here are the two common driving arm signals. If you do not know which to use, read on for more information.
Driving Arm Signals
Extend your left arm out the driver’s window, pointing upward. Move it in a steady circular motion with palm open, in a clockwise direction. Be sure to check your mirrors before extending your arm. If the cars behind you are slowing down, the same gesture may indicate that you’re about to turn. This technique is universally recognized as the best way to make a turn. However, it is not recommended for nighttime driving. Visibility at night is extremely low and there is a high risk of accidents. Drivers must avoid driving at night if their brake lights have broken.
Using an arm signal is also important if you are making a left turn. The driving examiner may ask you to take the next available left, but the next junction has no left turn signs driving lessons. That’s illegal and will make your driving test fail. While the arm signal can be a useful communication tool, it’s not an appropriate technique in all situations. In some cases, the test taker will not notice the arm signal, so it’s best to make big and obvious movements.