December 9, 2009

NEWS FOR YOU….from the Iowa D.O.T.

Iowa Department of Transportation

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Proper Use of Turn Signals

By Debra Carney
Driver’s License Supervisor
Driver’s License Services office
Davenport, IA

Turn signals give other drivers time to react to your moves. You should
use your turn signals before you change lanes, turn right or left, merge into traffic, or park.

  • Get into the habit of signaling every time you change direction. Signal even when you do not see anyone else around. It is easy to miss someone who needs to know what you are doing.
  • Signal as early as you can. Try and signal at least three seconds before you make your move. You must signal at least 100 feet before a turn if the speed limit is 45 mph or less. If the speed limit is faster than 45 mph, you must signal at least 300 feet before you turn.
  • Be careful that you do not signal too early. If there are streets, driveways or entrances between you and where you want to turn, wait until you have passed them to signal.
  • If another vehicle is about to enter the street between you and where you plan to turn, wait until you have passed it to signal your turn. If you signal earlier, the other driver may think you plan to turn where that driver is and he/she might pull into your path.
  • After you have made a turn or lane change, make sure your turn signal is off. After short turns, the signals may not turn off by themselves. Turn it off if it has not canceled by itself. If you do not, other drivers might think you plan to turn again.

The Driver License Station will be closed on Christmas Day, and open Saturday, December 26th.

Normal hours are:
Sunday & Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Phone number 386-1050

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