Communicating While Driving
Communication is the key to any relationship, especially the ones you have with every other driver on the road.
Communicating While Driving
It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? To express and idea or an intention or some emotion should be cake, right? While we interact with others in our daily lives we can hold things back or keep our mouths shut and often times spare someone a crass word or the exposure of our own feelings. Walking down a crowded hallway or maintaining the office politics might make this acceptable and more desirable, but it is inexcusable in an automobile. Not communicating with other drivers is dangerous and unlawful. There are several ways that we can communicate while driving.
Using our turn signal is one of the easiest ways for us to communicate with the outside driving environment. One should always signal a turn, a lane change, a departure from a curb, an intent to park, and an interstate merger. It’s as easy as a flick of a lever and takes little effort. In most states it is illegal to change a car’s position without signaling the intent to do so. In many cases it is enough probable cause for an officer to pull the non-signal user over and issue a warning or a citation.
Using the headlights of your vehicle is another way to communicate with everyone that is sharing the road with you. You headlights not only light up the road at night or any other time that visibility becomes difficult, but it also lights up your car making you visible to others. Seeing is important while driving, but being seen is almost as important.
Your hazard lights do a fantastic job of drawing attention to your vehicle. If you are in trouble on the side of the road or if you have just pulled off to capture a great photo of the mountains, your hazard lights allow others to see you clearly and well in advance. Also, if you have to drive under the speed limit for some reason, your hazard lights alert others to your condition well before they ride into your bumper.
Your brake lights let others know that you are stopping or that you have had to change speeds. It can indicate that there is a hazard or an intersection ahead or that something is calling a need to attention. Brake lights in use at a stoplight or stop sign also let a vehicle that is approaching from behind know that you are stopped and light up the back end of your vehicle.
Where you place your vehicle in the lane will help others to know your intentions. If you are in the right turn lane, for instance, others drivers expect you to turn right either at the intersection or prior to it. Avoid driving in other drivers’ blind spots and most of the trouble that comes when a vehicle performs a lane change can be avoided.
Remember to keep your vehicle serviced and maintained including getting all of you lights changed when they stop working. In most states it is illegal to drive a vehicle without properly working exterior lights. Remember one of the keys to avoiding trouble on the road to communicate.