turn signals, Carlson Auto


Owning a vehicle you will want it to be in the best condition possible. A requirement for all automakers is to equip each vehicle with proper, standard lighting. Every vehicle is equipped with headlights, taillights and brake lights, hazard or warning lights, and turn signal lights.

Turn signal lights are important for the safe operation of your vehicle. They indicate your intentions to change lanes, turn a corner, or pull over to the roadside. While not everyone uses their turn signals as regularly as they should, their usage dramatically reduces the number of accidents and driver errors.

When the signal lights are turned on, they are not illuminated constantly. They flash in a rhythmic pattern to draw the attention of other motorists and indicate your intention. This is achieved by routing the power to the turn signals through a flasher or module that sends pulses of power to the lights instead of a steady stream.

When you complete your turn and turn the steering wheel back to center, a cam on the steering column catches on the turn signal lever and cancels the turn signal operation. If the cancel cam on your steering column is broken or you only take a slight turn, the signals may not cancel automatically and you will need to turn the signals off by moving the signal lever on your own.

It is always important to remember to use the turn signals when you drive. This will help you to have a safer driving experience when on the road. If you notice any issues with your vehicle at any time, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Noticing an issue at the first sign and helping to prevent further damage can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.