Road Rules 101: Turning onto a multilane road

March 18, 2019 by PEMCO Insurance

left turn arrows.When turning onto a multilane road from a single turn lane, can you go straight into the lane you want to travel in? This question comes up most often for drivers who are turning left onto a four-lane road and want to be in the outside lane. In that case, the answer is no. Turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from. Once you've completed your turn, you can change to another lane if you need to, and only when it's safe to do so. You may remember your driver's-ed teacher saying, "Establish your lane in the closest lane before moving right."

The only time you legally can head straight to the outside lane is when you're on a road with two left-turn lanes and you're in the outside left-turn lane turning into an outside lane.

NOTE: While we're experts in loss prevention and home/auto safety, we don't consider ourselves experts in traffic laws or their enforcement. Information shared here is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have legal concerns, we urge you to contact a law enforcement source or attorney in your community.

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