A Blinking Fine Article!

Take note those of you who have forgotten the art of indication!

Indicators, more commonly referred to as by the Spanish as flashing lights have a role in driving, which is none other than to inform other drivers of a manoeuvre you will be making . We all knew that.. didn’t we? 😉

The functions that the turn signals fulfill when activating them are the following: to turn, to change lanes, direction, direction, to overtake, to make a stop … Activating the turn signals is the only way to communicate to other motorists about your intentions , so its activation is vital to avoid an accident .

All motor vehicles must have indicators . Not activating them while driving is classified as a fine, as stated in the General Traffic Regulations . In the event that for some reason or technical unforeseen the indicators fail (one of the bulbs is burned out), the driver must indicate with hand signals- as cyclists do (sometimes!)  – to other users of the road.


Failing to warn other drivers by indicating your manoeuvre, that is, not activating the turn signals when appropriate, is classified as a fine in the General Traffic Regulations . This regulatory code explains that a financial penalty of 200 euros will be imposed on those users who carry out a manoeuvre without using any type of optical signal (that is, without using the indicators) .

In the event that you signal wrongly or wrongly activate the turn signals (give the left turn signal and make a right turn, for example), the General Traffic Regulation also includes a fine of 80 euros for this type of error , the same sanction in the event that you activate the indicators too late or without sufficient notice to safely notify the vehicles behind you.


If you intend to carry out a change of direction and another type of maneuver, you must signal it with enough time and always with basic safety rules . When you intend to make a turn, for example, before activating the turn signal you must use the RSM (rear-view-mirror) safety rule , that is, you must first observe through the rear-view mirrors that you can safely manoeuvre and then activate the turn signal .

These are the cases in which the indicators of the car must be used :

  • To change direction .
  • To change lanes .
  • To overtake : the turn signal stays activated until you complete the entire manoeuvre that is, until you return to the right lane.
  • To exit a roundabout or roundabout : at this point, we recommend that you read the following article: The DGT reminds you how to correctly circulate on a roundabout .
  • To make a stop or to indicate your intention to park .
  • To join traffic : to join the circulation of a main road after being stopped from a street or when leaving an online parking lot or to join a fast main road such as a motorway or a motorway.
  • To leave a fast track (highway or motorway).

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