Turning the Right and Left Way
How to make proper Left and Right Turns
Turning is one of the basics of driving but if you observe you will see that many drivers don't follow the rules. And because most accidents take place in Intersections where turns are made this should not be taken lightly.
The Florida Drivers Handbook lists nine specific steps to making a good turn. Below we have summarized the most common requirements. Full details can be found in the Florida drivers manual.
Steps to Making a Good Turn
- Decide early that you are going to make your turn. Never make a last second turn. This is a very dangerous move that can easily cause an accident.
- Move into the correct lane as you approach the intersection. The correct lane for a right turn is typically the right lane. The correct lane for a left turn is typically the left lane.
- Use your turn signal for at least 100 feet before you make your turn. This alerts other drivers that you intend to turn.
- Slow down to a speed that is safe to make your turn.
- Before you start your turn look over your shoulder for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists always have the right of way and you must yield to them.
- If you are not going a safe speed or are not in the proper lane you should drive to the next intersection to make your turn. And if there are vehicles occupying the turn lane you should not block traffic. Continue on to the next intersection.
- Finish your turn in the correct lane. A right turn should be made from the right lane into the right lane. A left turn may be completed into any lane lawfully available or safe for the desired direction of travel. Diagrams addressing the different turning situations are in the Florida drivers handbook.
What Not to Do
The guidelines for making a turn a very straightforward and if followed can prevent accidents. If you find yourself out of position the best approach is to continue on not to make a sudden move. Never do the following:
- Never Make a right turn from the left lane
- Never make a left turn from the right lane
- Never block traffic if the turn lane is occupied