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Left-Hand Turns

Left-hand turns are especially risky, because you’re attempting to drive across oncoming traffic. If your judgment is off or your visibility is compromised, making a left-hand turn that isn’t controlled by a traffic arrow may be dangerous.

When making a left turn:

  • Yield the right of way to other traffic.
  • Signal for the left-hand turn at least 150 feet in advance of the intersection.
  • Make sure there are no other vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles or pedestrians in your path. Be ready to yield to anyone in the crosswalk.
  • Allow plenty of time to maneuver your vehicle from a stopped position across the traffic lanes.
  • Begin turning when your vehicle’s front wheels are in line with the center of the street you are entering. If you are turning from a one-way street into another one-way street, begin your left-hand turn when the curb begins to curve.
  • If you want to turn left at a traffic light that does not have a left-turn arrow, consider continuing through and make three right turns around the block, and then use the traffic light to go straight across.