I heard a stat that 57% of drivers do not use their turn signal when changing lanes. As someone who uses his blinker even when turning into his own house, I was surprised to read this.
I think the turn signal is a great invention…which leads me to today’s Wonder Why Wednesday question…
When Were Blinkers Put On Cars?
Here’s a brief history of the blinker:
1909 – a British man named Percy Douglas-Hamilton created a set of hands that were placed on each side of the car. The hands could be illuminated to indicate the car was making a turn.
1914 – the “auto-signaling arm” is credited to actress Florence Lawrence (fun name).
1925 – Edgar Walz Jr. patented a light on the back of cars with two arrows and a light for breaking.
Late 1930s – Joseph Bell patented the first electrical turn signal that actually blinked.
1939 – Buick made blinkers a standard feature on all their cars.
However, the blinker as we know it today did not become widespread until the mid-1950s.
Source: New York Times