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The DMV has set up the learning process in a way that allows parents to have enough time to practice with their teens. While practicing, it’s important to give enough attention to every aspect of driving before moving onto the next. One aspect of driving that should get some time in the spotlight is making right turns. Once driving forward has been perfected, parents can set aside some time for the right turn.

Making right turns are important when driving and should be perfected before hitting city streets.

Making right turns is more complicated than most think and should be given the proper attention when learning how to dirve.

When to Start a Turn

There are many steps to making a proper right turn. In order to make the turn properly, you need to start about 200 feet before the actual turn. The first step is to begin to slow down as you reach the curve. Once you reach get within 200 feet of the turn, drivers must give the signal for the right turn.

Stay Aware

Before making a right turn, drivers need to be aware of multiple aspects of their surroundings. Knowing how the traffics is ahead, behind, and to either side is important. While surrounding traffic is important, so are signs, lanes, and pedestrians. Be aware of any signals or signage that indicate what type of turn you’re about to make. Drivers should also be aware of any bikers in the bike lane, or pedestrians on the sidewalks.


Vehicle Placement

Before making a right turn your vehicle needs to be in an ideal position. The front of the vehicle should be two to three feet from the curb before making the turn. Once in the proper position, the turn can begin. Approaching slowly, the front of the vehicle should enter the intersection. Begin to turn by steering hand over hand to the right. Once the turn is complete, the vehicle should remain in the lane closest to the curb. Once the vehicle has been straightened in the turn, you can begin to change lanes if necessary.

Making right turns is fairly simple however many things can alter the outcome. Vehicles must yield to all pedestrians, avoid bikes in the bike lane, and yield to oncoming traffic.

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