Q: Do you remember the rules of the road as they apply to turn lanes and merge lanes?
A: Collisions can be avoided if drivers follow the rules, understand the differences and use these lanes correctly. To avoid falling into bad driving habits or becoming complacent behind the wheel, it is a good idea to review some of the basics from time to time as part of your consistent and ongoing safety efforts.
Start with turn lanes. Someone pulls out of a fast-food restaurant. Traffic is heavy, so they pull into the turn lane while waiting to get into the correct lane. We all have seen this happen – and maybe done this ourselves. Know this: A turn lane is not a merge lane, and a merge lane is not a turn lane.
These are not interchangeable and the rules regarding use of these lanes are specific.
A center left-turn lane is a single lane in the middle of the road used for cars turning left from either direction. Drivers may use this type of lane to enter the main road from a side street or driveway – but only in select states. A center left-turn lane allows cars to turn left without disrupting the flow of traffic.
Specific laws about center left-turn lane use vary by state, but there are some general rules that apply everywhere.