Follow Rules of the Road When Turning

The in basket: A Bremerton man said he’s had two close calls while turning right from Fuson Road next to Lowe’s to go north on Highway 303. Both times, he said, he nearly collided with cars coming the opposite direction and turning left.


The in basket: A Bremerton man said he’s had two close calls while turning right from Fuson Road next to Lowe’s to go north on Highway 303. Both times, he said, he nearly collided with cars coming the opposite direction and turning left.
The out basket: It appeared in talking with him that neither he nor the left turners were observing a basic rule of the road requiring that those making a turn must go to the closest available lane. Both he and they were swinging a bit wide, creating the conflict.
I always think of this when turning left from Olney Road onto Mile Hill Drive over in Port Orchard, where I live. The intuitive thing to do is turn into the outside lane, because it is the one that goes through to the top of the hill as the inside lane ends. But if one is to abide by the law, he should turn into the inside lane, then signal for at least 100 feet and merge right.
At Fuson, not only is there a lane available to both left- and right-turners, so there should be no conflict if they turn properly, there’s also a stop light, so no need to hurry to avoid cross traffic.
When left- and right turners are vying for just one lane, like at Dickey Road and Newberry Hill Road in Silverdale and numerous other places in the county, the left turner must yield the right of way. In turning onto a four-lane highway like 303, the right turner can cloud the issue of responsibility to yield and get his own ticket by swinging into the inside lane.

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