Turning at Intersections

IntersectionIntersections are dangerous places. Yielding right of way is probably the main concern, but the path you travel through one is just as important. Some drivers are so sloppy with their technique that they activate the traffic signals by driving over the detection loops in the oncoming lane when they exit the intersection!

If you are turning right at an intersection, you must approach and exit as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway. If there is no curb, remember that the roadway ends at the solid white line on the right, or if there is no solid white line, then the edge of the pavement. Many drivers tend to use the shoulder to the right of the solid white line as another lane. This is both unsafe and illegal.

If you are turning left at an intersection, you must approach in the lane nearest to the center line, remaining to the right of the center line as you enter. Exit the intersection into the lane closest to the center line keeping to the right of the line. If possible, make the turn to the left of the center of the intersection. This will allow traffic from both directions to make left turns without meeting each other in the middle.

Some intersections allow multiple lanes to turn right or left. If this is allowed, follow the lines and signs for the lane that you are in. Enter and exit the intersection using the same lane.

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