The Proper Way To Make a Turn at an Intersection

Proper Turning Methods

 

 

 Always signal before you make a turn or change lanes. It is important that other highway users know your intentions. The law requires you to signal a turn or lane change with your directional lights or hand signals at least 100 feet (30 m) ahead. A good safety tip is to, whenever possible, signal your intention to turn before you actually begin braking to make the turn. The required hand signals are shown. 

 

 

RIGHT TURN:

As you prepare to turn, stay as far to the right as possible. Avoid making wide, sweeping turns. Unless signs direct you otherwise, turn into the right lane of the road you enter.
 

 

 

LEFT TURN FROM ONE-WAY ROAD INTO ONE-WAY ROAD:

Prepare to turn by getting into the left lane, or the left side of a single lane, as close as possible to the left curb or edge of the road. If the road you enter has two lanes, you must turn into its left lane.

 

 

 

LEFT TURN FROM ONE-WAY ROAD INTO TWO-WAY ROAD:

Approach the turn in the left lane or from the left side of a single lane. As you cross the intersection, enter the two-way road to the right of its center line, but as close as possible to the center line. Be alert for traffic, especially motorcycles, approaching from the road to the left. Oncoming motorcycles are difficult to see, and it is difficult to judge their speed and distance away.

 

 

LEFT TURN FROM TWO-WAY ROAD INTO ONE-WAY ROAD:

Approach the turn with your left wheels as close as possible to the center line. Make the turn before reaching the center of the intersection, and turn into the left lane of the road you enter.

 

 

LEFT TURN FROM TWO-WAY ROAD INTO FOUR-LANE HIGHWAY:

Approach the turn with your left wheels as close as possible to the center line. Enter the left lane, to the right of the center line. When traffic permits, you may move out of the left lane.

 

 

Failure to make a proper turn can result in a vehicle accident, a traffic stop, or a citation.

 

 

 

Written By Richard Keim on 02/10/2010 | Last Updated: 02/10/2010 | Views 8,246 | |