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Look out...most drivers don't signal lane changes

Among reasons given in survey: "Too lazy" and "adds excitement."

March 15, 2006; Posted: 1:08 p.m. EST (1808 GMT)


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NEW YORK ( - If it seems to you that a lot of drivers fail to signal before changing lanes on the highway, a recent survey provides confirmation. As if you needed it.

In a survey conducted by Response Insurance, 57 percent of American drivers admitted that they don't use their turn signal when changing lanes. Some of them, about seven percent, say that not signaling "adds excitement to driving."

About 42 percent of signal-free lane changers say they simply don't have time to signal before moving over, while 23 percent admit that they are just too lazy to bother.

Fear of forgetting to turn off the signal after changing lanes keeps 17 percent of non-signalers from doing the right (or left) thing while 11 percent say they're too busy changing lanes a lot to use their signal.

The survey also revealed that men are much more likely to change lanes without a signal than women. Sixty-two percent of men swerve without signaling while 53 percent of women admit to the practice. Older drivers are also more likely to signal before changing lanes than younger drivers.

"The bottom line is that most drivers are failing to see the importance of using their turn signals," Response Insurance CEO Mory Katz said in a company announcement. "But they are doing so at their own peril -- and the peril of others -- since their unanticipated actions cause crashes."

The survey was conducted among 1,000 adults and has a 3 percent margin of error.


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