JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new study says a simple flick of the wrist could keep you and other drivers even safer on the roadways.
The Society of Automotive Engineers says drivers aren't using their turn signals and creating a serious hazard on the roadways. Tina Akard has seen it first hand. "It's frustrating. You can't anticipate people's moves," said driver Tina Akard.
The group calls it turn signal neglect. They say drivers fail to use turn signals two billion times a day, causing two million accidents a year. That's more than distracted driving. Our cameras caught many drivers in the act. Catherine Payne with the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office says it's not just the law, it's common courtesy. "It can cause a sudden an abrupt stop and a crash," said Catherine Payne.
There are other issues too. "Sometimes you don't use the correct one," said Akard. "You leave it on, and it becomes a distraction and you ignore the fact that you may be turning cause it's on. It confuses drivers,' said Payne.
Drivers like Akard hope this study is a wake up call for those on the road, and drivers take notice. "I'm also a cyclist so I'm on the road, and we use hand signals. So, we rely on drivers to keep us safe," said Akard.
The group that did the study also says there could be a fix. They want auto makers to use smart turn signal technology, which would automatically turn the blinker off or give you an alert if its left on.
The study also found drivers don't use turn signals 48 percent of the time to change lanes and 25 percent of the time when making a turn.