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The 3 Pillars of Highway Communication

08 Aug
The 3 Pillars of Highway Communication

The 3 Pillars of Highway Communication

The 3 Pillars of Highway Communication

Communicating with other motorists is one of the most fundamental ingredients of defensive driving. When drivers are visually aware of their surroundings, it dramatically reduces the chances of random traffic collisions. Drivers-Ed Direct suggests that “Communication with other drivers is essential… By communicating intentions, camaraderie is built on the road, confusion is avoided, and everyone benefits by steering clear of more collisions.” There are a number of different ways that motorist can communicate effectively while driving. Here are the three main methods officially used in the Highway Code:  

     I.        Light Signals:

The most obvious way to communicate through light signals is to use them as intended. For example, turn signals should be used to indicate a desire to turn/change lanes.  Hazzard blinkers should be used to indicate a situation of emergency.  If you intend to stop, brake lights should be used to let the motorists behind you know.  Sensitize yourself about all the possible light signals available, and use them to reduce confusion on the road as you drive.  

    II.        The Horn:

               All vehicles are equipped with a standard loud horn.  As with any device, the horn is most effective when used as designed.  Horns should be used to provide an audible signal of imminent danger in traffic.  Horns may be used to warn other people about threats to their safety, or they may be used to call attention to other people’s negligent behavior.  Horns are usually the most practical way of getting through to others in emergency situations. Especially considering that motorists are generally insulated from sound in their vehicles.  

   III.        Hand Signals:

               In the event that electronic methods of communication are disabled, drivers are required to use official hand signals to navigate through traffic.  Hand signals can be used to indicate maneuvers such as turns, deceleration, or stopping.  Situations which call for hand signals are usually rare, but that doesn’t mean motorists should take them for granted.  Memorize all the official hand signals just in case things go haywire, and you have no choice but to rely on nonverbal cues.  

Conclusion:

               If you want to avoid getting caught up in car accidents, don’t operate your vehicle as if you’re driving in a bubble.  Keep an eye out to ascertain whether the people around you are doing their part to be safe drivers/pedestrians.  When you notice someone being reckless, give yourself time to react safely by adjusting your proximity.  Always be alert. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!