Making Proper U-Turns

Posted on : February 15, 2017

A common mistake prevalent in the state of Florida is making legal U-turns. Many drivers have common misconceptions about when they have the right of way or when it is appropriate to make a U-turn. But such a common and simple maneuver oftentimes is the cause of many accidents. U-turn vehicles should always yield to other vehicles approaching from side roads and cars traveling in the opposite direction. The only exception to this rule is emergency vehicles. Vehicles attempting a U-turn must yield to all approaching vehicles, even those trying to make a right-hand turn from that road. People should only try to make a turn when it is clear and safe to do so.
Here are some tips for safely making a U-turn:

– Look left and right for pedestrians, bikes and other cars.
– If the light is green, wait a few seconds before turning to avoid potential red light runners.
– If you creep into an intersection and the light turns red, complete the U-turn if it is safe. Do not back up in the turning lane.
– Never make a U-turn on a curve, hill, or anywhere drivers cannot see you for 500 ft.
– Keep your foot near the brake when turning in case of an emergency stop. When is it illegal to make a U-turn?
– When there is a “No U-Turn” sign posted
– When doing so could cause you to be hit by other vehicles
– When you are on a one-way street
– When you are at or on a railroad crossing
– When you are on a divided highway that has a curb, two sets of double yellow lines, or other dividing section between you and the other side
– When you are in front of a fire station (you may not use a fire station driveway to turn around)
– When you are in business districts, you may only turn at intersections or openings for turns (unless there is a sign against it)

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