VERIFY: What do you legally have to do to change lanes?

Do you have to use a turn signal when changing lanes? Our Verify team got the answer.

We've all experienced it. Someone cutting you off and didn't even give you a heads up. So what is required of drivers when they change lanes? 

Our Verify fact-checkers went to the Texas Traffic Code. Here's what we found:

  • According to the law, Texas drivers are supposed to use their turn signal whether they are turning or changing lanes - one hundred feet before they do it.
  • For reference, 100 feet is about 2-thirds the length of an Olympic swimming pool. It's also the distance a car traveling 35 miles per hour covers in two seconds.
  • If you fail to signal appropriately, or at all, you could get a ticket.
So bottom line, use your turn signals anytime you plan on moving lanes or making a turn. If you don't, it could cost you and also put others in danger. 
 

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