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Home > Blog > Performance > Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving? Blog
Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler

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May 21st, 2012


Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

What's as dangerous as texting and driving? A recent article suggests that forgetting to use your turn signal can be equally dangerous as disctractions from your phone. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) reveals that Americans forget to use their turn signals 2 billion times each day, about 750 billion times per year, which translates into around 2 million accidents in the U.S. With the U.S. Census Bureau citing 10-11 million automotive accidents per year, it can be said that 1 out of 5 accidents happen due to that fact that drivers are simply ignoring the use of their turn signals.

While several actions have been taken to decrease the amount of accidents related to texting and driving (yes, there is an app for that) a solution for these type of accidents lies in the technology that is now standard in most new cars. The technology behind a car’s stability control system can also be applied to what the SAE is calling ‘smart turn signals’, a system based on a vehicle’s sensors that will remind drivers to use their turn signals.

Smart turn signals for drivers who choose not to use them, apps to prevent texting while on the road… what’s next? A car that can drive itself? Oh, wait

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