Simple Guide – Driving Hand Signals

driving hand signals

We may think of ourselves as pros when it comes to the rules of the road, but with something as uncommon as driving hand signals, we may be less familiar with. 


Driving hand signals are always performed with the left hand and are most commonly seen by motorcycle riders, but these signals can be performed outside the window of a car as well. Let’s take a look at the 3 basic driving hand signals and what they look like.


Left turn hand signal

driving hand signals

This hand signal is performed by extending your left arm horizontally all the way straight. This signal is the equivalent to the left turn signal in your car. Use this if your car’s turn signal indicator ever stops working and you want to communicate a left turn to the drivers behind you.


Right turn hand signal

driving hand signals

Remember that all driving hand signals are performed with the left hand. To indicate that you are going to be making a right turn, bend your arm upwards at the elbow so that you are making an “L” shape as illustrated above. This signal is the equivalent to the right turn signal in your car. Another useful driving hand signal for if your indicators ever stop working.


Stop/slow down hand signal

driving hand signals

Perhaps your tail lights have stopped working and you want to indicate to other drivers that you are slowing down or coming to a stop. To perform this hand signal, simply bend your arm downward at the elbow to get the shape illustrated above. You can feel free to make a fist or use your free hand – the slow/stop signal is the same either way.


These are the 3 different types of driving hand signals. We hope that this was educational and informative for you in case you ever encounter them or have to use them. They can come in handy if you have failing turn indicators or tail lights, but it’s best to only use these as a temporary solution until you get your vehicle fixed, hopefully through CarAdvise!


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