Although they are completely legal most of the time, many people are hesitant to take a U-Turn. For some, they don’t feel confident about the speed of “hidden” oncoming vehicles. For others, they don’t feel the roadway is wide enough for a U-Turn.
In most cases, U-Turns are completely legal unless otherwise posted. In the video below, you’ll see a Cadillac CTS take a U-Turn while a Hyundai Elantra was taking a right onto the same lane – resulting in an accident. The Cadillac seems like it had a dedicated green light to take a left. It took a U-Turn instead. Meanwhile, a Hyundai Elantra was taking a right turn and got hit by the U-Turning Cadillac.
So who was wrong here? On one side, you have the Cadillac who has taken a U-Turn and a Hyundai that has taken a right turn – both completely reasonable actions. On the other hand however, you’ll notice a sign beside the Cadillac’s traffic signal that might indicate U-Turns were not allowed. But hold on, the Hyundai may not be completely innocent here either. It seems to have speedily taken that right turn without coming completely to a stop – didn’t it? Nope. Judging by the Google Street View image of the intersection the accident happened, you can see the Elantra has a dedicated Right Turn signal. So while it was permitted to take a right, the Cadillac may have disobeyed its posted signs and caused the accident.
We thought we’d share some tips to help you take U-Turns more confidently.
- Always judge the speed of oncoming vehicles before taking a U-Turn.
- Remember in the best cases, it takes 5 seconds to complete a U-Turn, so ensure you have enough time.
- Always look at the right lane of crossing traffic to see if there are any vehicles taking a right into your roadway. That was the accident-causing issue in this video!
- Never take a U-Turn on high-speed roadways without ensuring oncoming traffic is at least 500 meters away.
- Avoid taking a U-Turn on narrow roadways that might require you to reverse.
- For a better turning radius, position your vehicle at the rightmost edge of your lane before taking the U-Turn.
- And most importantly, always follow posted signs for taking a U-Turn.
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