Signals enable you to tell other road users that you are changing your direction or position on the road. Because of this, knowing when and how to give signals is a very important part of being a safe driver.
Drivers usually signal using their indicators. However, you may sometimes need to use hand signals, if your indicators can't be seen.
You must signal for at least three seconds before you:
Don't assume that other drivers have seen your signals.
Signalling when turning right
For information about signalling at roundabouts, see Giving way at roundabouts.
Your indicators are usually flashing yellow lights on both sides of the front and rear of your vehicle. They signal your intentions to other road users.
Use your left indicator when you are:
Use your right indicator when you are:
Right-turn hand signal
Don't just rely on the other driver's signal. Is the vehicle slowing down? Is the vehicle in the right place on the road in relation to the signal?
Your stop lights (the red lights at the back of your vehicle) let people behind you know that you're slowing down or stopping. Stop lights come on automatically when you use the brake pedal (footbrake). Keep your foot on the brake pedal to keep the brake light on to warn other drivers.
Stop or slowing hand signal
Tip: tapping the brake pedal will flash the stop lights to warn other drivers.
When you turn on your hazard lights, both indicator lights flash at the same time as a warning to other road users. You should only turn on your hazard lights when your vehicle becomes a temporary hazard to other road users, such as when:
Last updated: 4 October 2012