Motorcycle signals (Module two)

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Signals

Mistakes made with signals can result in faults

The examiner will expect to see effective signals that are appropriate, given in good time, non-conflicting and cancelled on completion of the manoeuvre. Mistakes made with signals can result in faults being recorded. Failing to cancel a signal can be recorded as a major fault if it is deemed as a conflicting signal.

Signals inform other road users of an intended action or manoeuvre. They should be used when they are both appropriate and required. Examples include: turning left or right at junctions; when changing lanes and when moving off from a parked position (if it is necessary to indicate this intention). It should be noted that when there is no other traffic present, signals are not always required.

Candidates must not give ‘false indications’

Key points to remember:

  • Failing to cancel a signal can be a major fault
  • Signals inform other road users of an intended manoeuvre
  • Avoid giving ‘false’ or conflicting signals
  • Signals must be given in a timely way
  • Poor planning can result in poor signals
  • Never leave signals to the very last second
  • Use signals when leaving a roundabout

Candidates must always be careful not to give ‘false indications’ or signals that are conflicting. Timing can also play a crucial role here where there is a need to be extremely precise with a signal, whilst ensuring enough time for other road users to react. An example would be to avoid indicating too early for a T-Junction, where there is a side road on the same side as the signal, prior to reaching the end of the road.

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