I'm sure you have seen this before, drivers in cars and trucks who for some reason do not use their directionals.  It is so frustrating to be following a vehicle and all of a sudden the driver makes an unexpected turn. I am positive many accidents are caused by this type of driving. 

When operating a motorcycle it is even more critical that the motorcyclist employ the proper use of directionals. Motorcycles are often difficult to see.  They are smaller and many drivers are just plain oblivious to them.  Therefore, it is imperative that motorcyclists need to be as safe as possible when operating their machines.

Most of today motorcycles are equipped with directionals, left turn and right turn indicators and many even have four-way flashers for use in emergency situations. For older motorcycles that do not have electronic directionals, the operator must use hand signals. There are three different hand signals motorcyclists can use: left turn, right turn and stopping (or slowing down). 

Personally, I have always made it a habit to use my directionals when operating my motorcycle.  Sometimes, I will even use both my directionals and hand signals. It never hurts to overdo it, when communicating your intentions with others on the road. Once you get into the habit, you will be signaling your intentions (without even really thinking about it) and helping to ensure your own personal safety as well as the other drivers you are sharing the road with. The more communication between motorcyclists and four-wheel vehicles will lead to a safer ride for all of us.