How to make correct Left turn?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Ricky'sRig, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. S.V.Buyck

    S.V.Buyck Light Load Member

    Jan 12, 2015
    772C4CD5-B553-485A-BE37-DBC1C5E62240.jpeg To make it more interesting what if he was in one of these? It pretty much tracks like a pickup with a small trailer. I will turn from any lane and I don’t worry about clipping a curb or another 4 wheeler
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  3. S.V.Buyck

    S.V.Buyck Light Load Member

    Jan 12, 2015
    And here we go
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  4. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    If the road I am turning on to has 3 lanes I will usually turn on to the middle lane while keeping an eye on both sides. Circumstances may change my decision. But usually that is what I decide on. Just my opinion on that. It's just like the decision to make a right-hand turn on the inside lane. I only know which way I prefer better. If I am turning left and I need to get to the far right, I might take it depending... but not always. I don't think the right-of-way is an iron-clad rule.
  5. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    First you don't follow the traffic into intersection. Because the light might turn red and you will be blocking traffic. You also need to look and make sure the car or traffic actually stopped at the stop line for their light. If they go past their stop line you can't makes the turn without trailer tandems running them over. Now pull forward till your left shoulder is basically lined up with the yellow traffic lines that split the road down the middle or just past the front left corner of the cars hood you want the trailer tandems not to run over. Now you wait for the enough open room to make your left turn. You always turn left into the lane nearest the center. Making sure you don't pull trailer tires over the cars hood at the stop line.

    If road your turning left onto has 2 or 3 lanes. You still turn left into the nearest lane to center of road. Because they can get you for switching lanes in intersection. The other problem is someone else could be coming from other way and they might turn right on red light or maybe you did not see them or they did not see you. They will be expecting you to stay in your lane and turning into left into nearest lane in center of the road. So your basically leaving them a way out to avoid accident if something goes wrong. They will have the one or two open right lanes to avoid hitting you.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2021
  6. Biomagnum

    Biomagnum Light Load Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    I use the outside lanes to make left turns.
    That allows me to see if anyone is turning inside and I can miss them.
    Right turns depend on how long I am and may require a keyhole maneuver or taking up 2 lanes and waiting for a clear path if I need to get into the left turn lane as well to make the corner.
    Patience and signals usually work. They will make room for you.
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  7. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    And I get chewed out for not liking teams.:biggrin_25516: As the mods convinced me, this is an educational site, and yes, the same questions will be asked over and over. For left turns, I always thought, turn lane to closest lane to the island ( if divided), then make your lane change to the right when you can.
  8. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    get yourself one of these to remind yourself.
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  9. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    What are you driving? Everyone loves telling you how the only way to do it is the way they do it with a ~220” wheel base wanna be cab over with a closed tandem trailer, which 99% of the time will not do a #### thing if you have a ~300+” wheel base hood with a spread or a triaxle trailer.

    go slow and hang back, let all the idiots fly around you and slowly take all the room you need to maneuver and watch your mirrors, try to stay in your current lane, if there’s two lanes I usually take the outer one since that’s where you usually end up anyways, unless you want to advertise to everyone you can’t drive and curb the tires
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  10. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Canceling cancel culture/CCC
    Oh man lol that right hand turn thread was epic haha
  11. JoeTruck

    JoeTruck Medium Load Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    LOWER 48
    Go straight as far as you can then turn left into the right lane.
    Remember the perfect turn is when you don't hit anything. ( Works for backing too)
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