by Bob Poliquin, Managing Editor ~
Local Facebook sites, like ours in Indian Land, regularly host threads on driving. We all have our peeves. My personal peeve is directionals. Whether it’s changing lanes, making a turn, or even maneuvering through our many parking lots, use your turn signal, people. And for my friends and neighbors in Sun City, if you use your turn signal, whether it be in your car of golf cart, turn it off after the turn or lane change. [FYI to you younger folks – it isn’t that we forget to turn off the signal; we can’t hear it clicking.]
Here at Charlotte Seniors we are doing a series on a few of the common driving peeves around the larger Charlotte metro area community. This lesson is how to turn right and left safely and efficiently onto a multilane road. DriversEd.com offers this advice:
- As you prepare to turn, reduce speed and stay as far to the right as possible. Begin the turn in the lane nearest to the right-hand curb and end the turn in the lane nearest the right-hand curb.
- Give turn signal.
- Yield to pedestrians who may be crossing your path. Scan for any bicyclist in your path.
- Avoid making wide, sweeping turns in the other lane.
- Turn on the left turn signal before you make the turn and slow down.
- Look both ways and make sure that the oncoming lanes are clear.
- Make the turn from the designated lane (use left lane).
- Do not enter into the right lane.
In some states it is illegal to enter the right lane after the left turn is completed. Even if it is legal, it is still a good practice to always turn into the closest lane, which helps traffic flow by giving vehicles across the way an open lane as well.
Now back to turn signals. We have numerous four-way intersections where vehicles are facing one another across the intersection. Without turn signals, the drivers can only guess each other’s intention. It almost seems as if folks in a turn lane feel no obligation to use a turn signal because, after all, they are in a marked turn lane. Please get back into the habit of always using your signals whether you are turning, changing lanes, or pulling into a parking space.