Vehicle Turns – Turning Movements, Required Signals, Position, And Method

Turning a motor vehicle seems to be a rather elementary task, yet it doesn’t always seem to come easy for many drivers. Pennsylvania law contains guidelines for the proper method and movement of turning a motor vehicle, as well as its position on the road at such time and the signals required for making a turn.

Vehicle Turns - Turning Movements, Required Signals, Position, And Method The general rule is that no person may turn a vehicle,move from one traffic lane to another or enter the traffic stream from a parked position unless and until movement may be made with reasonable safety. The driver, in this case, must also give an appropriate signal in a legally prescribed manner.

At speeds of less than 35 miles per hour, an appropriate signal to turn right or left must be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning. In excess of 35 miles per hour,  a signal must be given during not less than the last 300 feet. A signal must also be given prior to entry of a motor vehicle into a stream of traffic from a parked position.

Drivers must discontinue turn signals immediately after completing a turn or movement from one traffic lane to another traffic lane. Drivers must also comply with traffic-control devices by turning vehicles, depending on where the devices are placed, as directed and required by such devices.

When turning right, the driver of a vehicle must approach the turn and make the turn as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. No turn by a driver of a motor vehicle may interfere with a bicycle (pedal cycle) proceeding straight while the bicycle is operating in accordance with Pennsylvania law.

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