Does the driver in front want to go left….right…or straight on?? This is an important question that we ask ourselves on almost a daily basis due to the poor signalling of other drivers.
However, it may not always be the other drivers’ fault as there are now many car designs which position indicators in such a way that they are difficult to spot. Previously the little blinking lights could be easily distinguished to the side of the headlamps, but they are now often found within the headlamps themselves.
Having noticed this change in design, Dr. Bayliss at the University of Wales, Bangor decided to conduct a study to see whether the new lighting layout compromised driver safety.
The experiment, carried out by 30 people, revealed that people take longer to react to the new- style lights. This result was also previously obtained by the Transport Research Laboratory who found that the original positioning of indicator lights is more visible and hence people can see them more easily and respond faster.
Dr. Bayliss stressed that safety must come before aesthetics, a message which the RAC Foundation backs 100%. The design of cars should be changing to make driving safer, especially against the background of drivers increasingly neglecting to indicate their movements to other road users.