November 4, 2020

Allow Right Arm to Signal Right Turn

Explanation:

Iowa Code requires hand signals to be performed from the left side of the vehicle, therefore using the right arm to point to the right is not allowed for a right turn signal.  The Uniform Vehicle Code allows an exception for bicyclists to use a right-hand right turn signal.  

Take Action:

No action needed at this time.

Need:

A critical problem for bicyclists is the failure to recognize turns.  While the left hand extended upward is common, it is difficult for children to remember and use.  It is more intuitive to teach using your right arm to point in the direction you are intending to turn.  

Language:

§321.318(2) AMEND to read: Right turn – Hand and arm extended upward or bicyclists may use right arm extended.  

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