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Old 07-14-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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Turning Right in the Left turn lane

I learned I had to do one thing when I turn right in some towns......I have to take up the left "only" turn lane when I'm pulling the boat. Some right turns are impossible to take without starting the turn in the "left turn" lane. So far the traffic has been sympathetic and nobody has tried to sneak in the partially open right lane that I have to move out of. I feel a little guilty when I do this and I have to keep a keen eye out in all directions. It's especially stressfull when I have to make the decision to do this before I get to the intersection. Are there any other alternatives other than just staying out of town?
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When I have trailers, I do what I have to. I stay behind as much traffic as possible, find me a spot, and then put on the right blinker and shift over to the left but leave myself blocking all the lanes I need so no one goes around me.
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When traffic is heavy and space is too tight, 3 lefts equals 1 right.
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That's standard procedure for most of us!
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I pull half to three quarters into the left lane with the right turn signal on. If some "smartcare" (I cleaned that up) comes up on my right hand side I'll just wait until they pass and then make the right hand turn.

One of the Class A tests here in Texas back in the early days was for the inspector to tell the driver, "Turn right, stay right." The technique was the same, drive half into the left lane, turn into the right lane.

I get a little tense when the telephone pole or street sign pole is right there on the corner. I sure don't want to cut the corner.
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It's also a good idea to stay in right lane, right blinker on, then at the last minute 'zig' left just before turning right. This doesn't leave the right lane open enough for anyone but a motorcycle to get in that space before you start turning. If a motorcycle gets in that space, Darwin's rule takes over.

If traffic is heavy and both lanes have cars, then straddle the lanes before turning right, with blinker on of course. I've actually gone past the main intersection I wanted to turn right into because waiting cars in opposing lane took up space I needed to turn into. I turned at the next block onto a smaller street that had no cars. Then I could take the whole street to turn into. A right at the next block and a left and I'm on the route I wanted in the first place.
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When traffic is heavy and space is too tight, 3 lefts equals 1 right.

Good advice Dave, so long as those left turns don't take you into a residential area where you're in more trouble than you were before!
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The longest distance between two points is an unfamiliar shortcut.

Those "other" side streets can get you in trouble.
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The longest distance between two points is an unfamiliar shortcut.

Those "other" side streets can get you in trouble.
When in doubt, continue on till all doubt is removed. Where's the fire? What's the rush? Never know when a little past the turn lies previously undisclosed bacon or ice cream - or bacon flavored ice cream.
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The longest distance between two points is an unfamiliar shortcut.

Those "other" side streets can get you in trouble.
What's the fun in taking the recommended route or following directions? Remember, "Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan AND "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." -Robert Frost

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I took the less traveled right turn a few times by passing the correct right turn because opposing cars made it impossible to turn right. Figured I'd just go around the block like Bob recommended. Turned into a residential block with low hanging trees. Had to back out and have the DW stop traffic so I could back out onto the main street again. Funny how people get out of your way after something like that.
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Right-hand turns are made easy by anticipating.

If no ones is in front of me, I turn my signal on first way ahead of time and I then take up more than half of the left lane and straddling part of the right. I am so long that some of the trailer is still in most of the right lane. I them commence my turn. I have seen some people with very large eyes out my front window as I am turning wondering if I am going to take the driver's side of their vehicle off but haven't come close yet.

If there are folks in front of me, I basically do the same except wait for the traffic in front to clear and doubly watch the right side for sneakers. Generally they don't want to tangle with me unless you have someone that is really impatient which occurs occasionally.

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It's also a good idea to stay in right lane, right blinker on, then at the last minute 'zig' left just before turning right. This doesn't leave the right lane open enough for anyone but a motorcycle to get in that space before you start turning. If a motorcycle gets in that space, Darwin's rule takes over.

If traffic is heavy and both lanes have cars, then straddle the lanes before turning right, with blinker on of course. I've actually gone past the main intersection I wanted to turn right into because waiting cars in opposing lane took up space I needed to turn into. I turned at the next block onto a smaller street that had no cars. Then I could take the whole street to turn into. A right at the next block and a left and I'm on the route I wanted in the first place.
This is called a button hook turn I learned long ago driving a semi and trailer .. This leaves you blocking sitting sideways in both right hand lanes the back of the vehicle ( trailer or car) stopping someone from sneaking Down the right side , of course always look before turning just to make sure!
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