I don’t spend more than 30 minutes in my car daily, but have developed some significant pet peeves developing from other drivers not following the law. So here are a few tips to help you to stay safe and keep me happy with your driving. Here my issues torn straight out of the Minnesota Drivers Manual:
Left turn: After checking traffic behind you
and signaling your intent, move into the lane
closest to the center line. If there are no lines
marking the lanes, move your vehicle to the
right of the center of the road. Look right
and left before starting the turn. Yield right
of way, if necessary. Turn the steering wheel
hand-over-hand, and complete the turn in
the first lane right of the center line.
Right turn: After checking traffic behind
you and signaling your intent, move close
to the right curb. Look right and left before
beginning the turn. Yield right of way, if
necessary. Turn the steering wheel handoverhand,
and complete the turn in the
lane next to the curb.
You must know how to perform each of these turns.
• From a one-way road onto a one-way road
• Multiple turn lanes
• Two approaching left turns
• From a one-way road onto a two-way road
• From two-way road onto a one-way road
Don’t be the person who races through a light then jumps in the far lane then has the guts to honk at me because I am making a legal right turn!
Your headlights must be turned on at sunset and
used until sunrise. They must also be used during weather conditions
that include rain, snow, hail, sleet, or fog and any time you cannot
clearly see the road ahead for a distance of at least 500 feet.
You probably can see well enough after dusk that you don’t think you need to turn your headlights on… Wrong! This is something you should be doing so other people can see you, this plays even a more crucial role when the weather is bad.
Do you notice other drivers not following these commonly broken laws? Do you follow them yourself?