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Hand signals


Make sure you use hand signals to help rather than confuse other road users. Make sure you are familiar with the hand signals shown below. Be prepared to use the appropriate hand signal where it will help others to understand your intentions.

Learner drivers should be guided by their approved driving instructor on when and where a hand signal might be particularly useful. For example:

The signals for cyclists also apply to motorists and people in charge of horse drawn vehicles and agricultural machinery not fitted with indicators.

The following are the hand signals to be used:


Hand signals to be given to traffic behind you

Cyclist Turning Right
I am going to move out or turn to my right.
Driver indicating right
Cyclist Turning Left
I am going to turn to my left. Note that the car driver moves his arm and hand in an anti-clockwise direction.
Driving indicating left
Cyclist Stopping or Slowing
I am going to slow down or stop.
Driver indicating to go slow or stop


Hand signals to be given to a pointsman and on-coming traffic

Cyclist indicating right turn
I want to turn right.
Driver Hand Signal Turning Right
Cyclist indicating left turn
I want to turn left.
Note that the car driver points the right forearm and hand with the fingers extended to the left.
Driver Hand Signal Left
Hand signal to go straight on
I want to go straight on.
Driver Hand Signal Straight on
Cyclist hand signal to slow down or stop
I want to slow or stop.
Driver Hand Signal to slow or stop

The signals for the cyclist apply also to a motorcyclist and to a person in charge of a horse drawn vehicle.



Signals show only what you are intending to do - they never give you right of way.