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Taken from The Highway Code (103 to 106)


Signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians (download ‘Signals to other road users’ (PDF, 102KB), of your intended actions. You should always.

Should you indicate when pulling away

Basically if anyone, even a pedestrian will benefit from seeing your signal, then the answer is yes. If there is no one around, then a signal is not necessary, although if you still decide to signal and no one will benefit, it has no consequences on the outcome of your driving test.

However, use caution. If you are ready to move off and you notice a vehicle approaching from the rear to pass you, do not indicate off if you intend on waiting for them to pass. The effect of this can cause the approaching vehicle to slow down or stop to let you pull away or to swerve around you. Such consequences will likely fail the driving test. Wait till the vehicle has passed and if all clear, signal if necessary.
Car signalling

Should you indicate when parking up

Indicating when parking up essentially follow the same rules as when pulling away. If anyone will benefit, you must signal your intentions to park up. If no one will benefit, it is not necessary to indicate although you may still do if you wish.

Should you indicate when overtaking a cyclist

Whether to indicate when overtaking a cyclist depends entirely on the situation. If for example you are driving and notice a cyclist ahead and there is oncoming traffic, it then depends on the width of the road. If the road is wide enough to overtake the cyclist safely, but may result in your car being positioned a little towards the centre of the road, a signal will benefit the oncoming traffic as it will show them your intentions of overtaking the cyclist.

During the same situation, if the road isn't wide enough to pass the cyclist which will result in you needing to drastically slow down behind the cyclist to wait for oncoming vehicles to pass, as signal may be of benefit to vehicles behind. If you feel a vehicle is driving a little too close behind you, or that they may not see the cyclist you intend on slowing down for, a signal to the right before slowing down will provide the vehicles behind with a clearer indication of a potential hazard ahead.

It is however on the few occasions such as this that you should indicate when overtaking a cyclist. You must not simply indicate when passing every cyclist you meet as this will ultimately cause confusion with drivers thinking you are making a turn at a junction or driveway. You must assess each situation and indicate only if you think the benefits of doing so will increase the safety of yourself and others. See cyclists and cycle lanes for further information on dealing with cyclists during driving lessons and the driving test.

Do you indicate around parked cars

Generally it is not necessary to indicate around parked cars. There can however be the occasional exception and again this is down to the particular situation