April 27, 2006

57% of drivers admit they don’t use turn signals

Detroit, Michigan – Response Insurance of Meriden, Connecticut surveyed 1,000 of its customers to find out if they use their turn signals, and if not, why.

According to the survey, 57 percent of American drivers admit they don’t use their turn signals when changing lanes. Men (62 percent) fail to signal more than the failure rate of women (53 percent). And today’s youth (18-24) comprise the biggest group of offenders at 71 percent.

Equally disturbing are the reasons for not signaling. 42 percent claim they don’t have time, while 23 percent admit they are just plain lazy. Another 11 percent don’t believe the signal is important, while 8 percent say they don’t signal because others don’t. Then there’s the 17 percent who don’t signal because they usually forget to turn it off.

To encourage more drivers to use their turn signals, Ford is currently developing more pleasurable turn signal sounds tailored to the type of vehicle, and turn signal sounds that can be customized by the driver.

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