If you have not yet entered the intersection, you should not enter the intersection and wait for the next traffic light to turn green unless you are 100% sure that there is no oncoming traffic and you can safely turn left before the traffic light turns red. Most traffic accidents occur at intersections when a driver is turning. Many take place in large publicly accessible parking lots, such as shopping malls. To avoid this type of crash, you need to understand the rules of passage and how to turn correctly. 1. Turn left onto a one-way street. Start the exit in the left lane, which is closest to the middle of the road. If you are sure, turn into one of the two lanes of the intersection (indicated by the arrows). Use the center left turn lane, if available. A left turn may be made from the other lane, if permitted by signs or arrows. The chart below shows that some states (e.g., Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina) prohibit entering the right lane by turning left. Do not turn against a red arrow – You should not turn right or left against a red arrow. 5.
Turn left from a one-way street to a one-way street. Start the exit from the left lane. Beware of pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists between your vehicle and the sidewalk, as they can legally use the left turn lane for their left turn. Turn into any open lane safely, as indicated by the arrows. Some states are less strict and allow drivers to turn left on one of the two lanes of the intersection, as shown below, for example: California, Missouri, Texas. For more information, see your state`s driver`s guide. Turn into the left lane as you prepare to turn. If the road you are taking is two-lane, you must turn into the left lane. See example below. Approach the intersection in the left lane. When crossing the intersection, enter the two-way street to the right of the center line, but as close as possible to the center line.
Pay attention to traffic approaching the road on the left. Motorcycles are hard to see, and it`s hard to judge their speed and distance. See example below. If you reach an intersection where you want to turn right or left and you are not in the right lane, you should move on to the next intersection. Then turn the right lane. Turn right on a road with its own lane – You can turn right without stopping if the road you are turning on has an entrance lane intended for right-turning vehicles, and there is no sign prohibiting a free right turn. You can continue without stopping, even if there is a red light on the island for vehicles that cross the intersection directly. If there is a traffic light or sign on the right sidewalk of the right-turn lane, you must follow the instructions on that traffic light or sign. Always yield to pedestrians inside a crosswalk. Standard green light (called unprotected left turn) If there is no “Green Arrow” traffic light and there is a LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN sign, you must drive safely to the middle of the intersection and wait until oncoming traffic is completely clear, and it is safe for you to turn left before turning. Turn right towards a red light – signal and stop for a red light at the marked border.
If there is no dividing line, stop before entering the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection. You can turn right if there is no sign prohibiting turning. Give in to pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists or other vehicles travelling on their green lights. Turn left – To turn left, drive near the center divider or in the left turn lane. Start signaling about 100 feet before turning. Look over your left shoulder and reduce your speed. Stop behind the boundary line.
Look left, then right, then left again and turn when it`s safe. If you turn left, do not turn too early and “cut” the curve of the lane that belongs to the vehicles coming towards you. Turn right onto a red light: signal and stop for a red light before the stop line (or border line), if applicable, or before entering the intersection. If there is no sign prohibiting turning right at a red light, you can turn right. Be careful not to disturb pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles running on their green light. Note: Turning right at a red light is prohibited by law in New York City. A U-turn is about turning your vehicle on the road to go back. To turn around, signal and use the leftmost lane or the middle to left turn lane.
You can make a legal U-turn: The following graph shows which lanes are used by cars moving from a one-way street to a one-way street and from a one-way street to a one-way street. After arriving at a complete stop, you can switch from another one-way street to a one-way street (unless otherwise stated). Approach the junction by the right half of the roadway, which is closest to the center.