In addition to checking it is safe to move out from the kerb into the traffic flow, how long should you indicate for? In addition to checking it is safe to move out from the kerb into the traffic flow, how long should you indicate for?

  • A. 1 second

  • B. 2 seconds

  • C. 3 seconds

  • D. 4 seconds

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    The correct answer is C
     
    Correct. 3 seconds gives enough warning to other road users that you are about to move.
     
 
 
 

How long should you indicate for?

Indicate for at least three seconds before moving out into the flow of traffic. Depending on the surroundings and amount of traffic, other drivers could be dealing with a large number of distractions or an overwhelming number of signs and other road users. 

For example, in a city centre, there are likely to be traffic lights, pedestrians, cyclists, road signs, distracting advertising hoardings and so on. Indicating for three seconds gives other drivers enough time to see what your intentions are.

Although, don't assume that another driver has seen you. Make sure it is absolutely safe to go before you pull out into traffic. Check ahead of you in case a pedestrian has walked between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, check in your wing mirror and rear-view mirror, then take a final glance over your shoulder to cover off your blind spot. This helps you to see other road users like cyclists.

After pulling out be sure to cancel your indicator if you are on a motorbike otherwise you could confuse other drivers. 

If your indicator flashes rapidly it could mean a bulb has blown.