Turn signals do two things. First, they tell others what you plan to do. Use them any time you change lanes, whether someone else is around or not. Remember, it’s when you don’t see the vehicle that your signals are most important.
Second, your signal lights make you more visible. A driver behind you is more likely to see your turn signal than your tail light. Therefore, make it a habit to use your turn signals even when what you plan to do is obvious. For example, if you use your turn signals on a freeway entrance ramp, it’s more likely that cars on the freeway will see you and make room for you. Using hand signals in addition to electronic signals greatly increases your visibility.
Forgetting to turn a signal off is as dangerous as forgetting to turn it on. A driver may think you plan to turn and pull right into your path. Always check your instrument panel to see if you’ve left a signal on.
If you have a motorcycle that was built prior to 1974, and was not equipped with signal lamps, use hand signals. For more information, see the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook.