Sloppy turns can greatly increase the risk of a crash. Last-second signaling or no signaling at all, ending a turn in the wrong lane, last-second erratic lane changes to get in the proper lane for a turn — these are all high-risk actions that can lead to collisions.
The State of Michigan offers the following advice for making safe turns:
When turning at an intersection, use the pavement markings, signs or signals for direction on how to proceed. If there is nothing posted, keep the following points in mind:
- When turning right onto a multiple-lane road, you are required to turn into the lane closest to the right-hand curb or roadside.
- When turning left onto a multiple-lane road, you are required to turn into the lane that is just to the right of the centerline of the roadway.
- When turning left onto a multiple-lane one-way road, turn into the lane closest to the left-hand curb or roadside.
- When multiple turn lanes are present, complete your turn by entering the lane that corresponds to the lane you are leaving.
- Be alert for drivers next to you who may cross into other lanes as they turn.
For additional advice from the California DMV, you can view a video after clicking on the photo or link below the headline. Keep in mind that state laws vary somewhat.