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29 January 2011 @ 12:06 pm
Maryland Drivers: When Did Turning Wide Become Acceptable in the Rules of Driving?  

It's become apparent that more and more Maryland drivers are oblivious of the rule when making turns.  Have you notice that people make left turns are no longer staying in his/her lane closest to the turn?  For example: one driver is on a left turn only lane and onto a traffic that has 3 lanes, what does the driver do, he/she turns into the lane furthest away.  This blocks any driver in the opposite flow of traffic that wants to make a right turn, unable to do so because that driver making the left turn would have hit the car making the right turn.

Based on the Maryland Driver's Handbook:

Left Turn: Four-Lane, Two-Way to Four-Lane, Two-Way

  • Get into the left lane on your side of the highway well ahead of the turn.
  • Signal your intention to turn for at least 100 feet.
  • Yield to oncoming traffic including bicycles.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Turn into the left lane going your way.
  • Don’t cut the corner or turn so wide that you get into the right lane going your way.

Of course, the same can be said about drivers making a right turn, but making it so wide that he/she gets into the left lane going your way.

Again, based on the Maryland Driver's Handbook:

Right Turns

  • Get into the lane furthermost to the right well ahead of the turn.
  • Signal your intention to turn for at least 100 feet.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Be alert for vehicles ahead that are also turning right.
  • Yield to bicyclists traveling between you and the side of the road