By Jim Melwert
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Forget distracted driving, a new study says there’s a much bigger problem that causes nearly 2-million accidents a year. Would you believe it’s something as simple as not using a turn signal?READ MORE: Cherry Hill School District Psychologist Francesca Aldrich Helping Inspire, Connect Students Through Virtual Black History Month Book Club
Research from the Society of Automotive Engineers says failure to use those turn signals results in more than twice the number of accidents that are caused by distracted driving.
Sonia from West Philadelphia says there’s only one reason people don’t use their turn signals:READ MORE: Mr. Potato Head Drops 'Mister' From Brand Name To Be More Gender Neutral
“Ignorance, no courtesy at all. Just ignorance and not following the law – the rules.”
The study finds drivers across the country don’t use their turn signals nearly half of the time when changing lanes, and people fail to signal a quarter of the time when making a turn. In all, 750 billion times a year.MORE NEWS: Radnor School District Moves To Phase 1 Of COVID Plan, Full School Days For Kindergarten-5th Graders Begin Monday
Recommendations from the study say authorities need to crack down on those not using turn signals, and new cars can be equipped with warnings, similar to the one that tells you to put on your seatbelt.