Assessment criteria: Signals
Expected outcome / competence
Signals should be given clearly to let other road users know the intended course to be taken. Signals shown in the Highway Code should only be used, if it would help other road users (including pedestrians).
Signals should be given in good time and cancelled after the manoeuvre has been completed.
Pedestrians should not be beckoned to cross the road.
Assessment criteria – (example = necessary)
Signal applied but cancelled before the change in direction was complete.
Omitted an essential signal to inform other road user of a change in direction.
Any situation brought about by the above fault, that resulted in actual danger to the examiner, candidate, the general public or property.
- Omitting to re-apply when it self cancels
- Omitting to give a signal where necessary
- Signalling unnecessarily
- Wrong arm signals
- Omitting to cancel after use
- Incorrect (i.e. left for right, right for left)
- Flashing the headlights at another driver to proceed or turn
- Having the hazard lights on whilst on the move
- Unnecessary use of the horn
- Beckoning pedestrians
- Giving late exit signals at roundabouts
- Arriving at a junction and then signalling
- Signalling after starting the manoeuvre
- Signalling far too early or too late
- Misleading signal before intended left and right turn
The above is taken from The Driving Examiners Manual.
Where appropriate it has been reformatted and edited so it only refers to the driving of ordinary cars (class b).