Turning

The rules outlined below are an overview, please refer to the rule references for more details.

Indicating
The signal must be given for long enough to warn others that you are about to change lanes or direction.  You must signal for at least five seconds when moving from a stationary position at the side of the road or from a median strip parking area.

Right turns
To make a right turn you must:

  • approach the intersection as close to the left of the centre of the road as possible
  • turn just right of the centre of the intersection.

Left turns
To make a left turn you must approach the intersection as close to the left side of the road as possible, but give way to bicycles when crossing into a bicycle lane.  Where there is a slip lane, you must turn using the slip lane. But look out for cyclists on your left who may be going straight ahead.

Multi lane turns
On some multi-lane roads, arrows painted on the road will show you if turns can be made from more than one lane.  If road markings indicate how a turn is to be made, you must make a turn as indicated by the road markings.

Exception to the turning rules
Trucks or vehicles over 7.5 metres long displaying a Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle sign may use more than one lane to turn.

U-turn
When making a U-turn you must give way to all other vehicles and pedestrians.  U-turns are permitted at intersections with lights unless there is a ‘no U-turn’ sign.

Hook turns
A hook turn is a right turn from the left lane.  If turning right at an intersection with traffic lights and a ‘Right Turn from Left Only’ hook turn sign, you must make a hook turn so as not to delay trams.  To do a hook turn you must:

  1. approach and enter the intersection from the left lane and indicate that you are turning right
  2. move forward to the far left side of the intersection, keeping clear of the pedestrian crossings
  3. remain stopped until the traffic lights on the road you are turning into have changed to green, then turn right. www.darshandrivingschool.com.au
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