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Left turns

Poor judgment of time and space when
turning left is one of the leading causes
of crashes. Left turns can be dangerous
because there can be traffic approaching
from more than one direction and your
vehicle will be crossing the lanes of the
oncoming traffic.

Prepare well in advance. You should
be in your proper turning lane at least 15
metres (50 feet) before the intersection.
When turning from a two-way road onto
another two-way road with a single left
turn lane, drive into the lane to the right
side of the yellow line.

Remain behind the crosswalk if there
is only room for one vehicle ahead of
you in your lane in the intersection.
Enter the intersection if it is legal to do
so when the vehicle ahead of you clears
the intersection. If you must stop in the
intersection prior to completing a left turn,
stay to the right of the yellow line and
keep your front wheels pointed straight
ahead. This will prevent you from being
pushed into oncoming traffic if you are hit
from behind.

Check the crosswalk of the road you
are turning onto for pedestrians and
cyclists. Look well along your intended
path. When it is safe, turn the vehicle left
at the intersection. Complete the turn by
driving to the right side of the yellow line of
the road you have entered.

Do not turn wide and occupy two lanes
when turning.

Before turning left off a two-lane
highway, do a shoulder check to the left
to be sure you are not being passed by
another vehicle on your left.
 

 
 

Two-way onto a two-way 
When it is safe and legal, turn from the lane 
nearest and to the right of the yellow line. 
Turn into the lane nearest and to the right 
of the yellow line. Be sure you have enough 
time and space to turn safely if there is 
oncoming traffic. Yield to oncoming traffic 
and pedestrians crossing to your left. 

 

Two-way onto a one-way 
When it is safe and legal, turn from the lane 
nearest the yellow line. Turn into the first 
available lane on the left side of the road. 
Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians 
crossing to your left.

CHAPTER FOUR                                                                                       INTERSECTIONS AND TURNS  63

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