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Wait till right lane is clear 49 57.65%
Wait till the whole road is clear 36 42.35%
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Depends on the intersection. Sometimes, the corner is too sharp not to put the nose into the second lane for a moment, or there are other factors, like how close the car in the second lane is. I'd rather not begin my turn just in front of someone, so as not to startle them. There's some common sense and courtesy involved.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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For me it depends on what is going on. If the street is busy, I'll turn when the right lane is clear. I don't trust people, but I don't want to wait forever. I'll wait for the entire road to clear if it's not busy or if I need to get into the left lane immediately.

I know here in OR, I was told (can't recall the rule), that you're supposed to turn into the immediate right lane. You cannot turn into the far lane. You have to switch lanes to it after you complete the turn. If that's true, then turning into the far lane is illegal anyways. But I think there's so many non-natives that no one abides by that law much anyways.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Some joker in a small pick-up truck made a right through a red light in front of me today causing me to jam on the brakes and skid into the next lane. Fortunately that lane had no traffic. As the joker went down the road he was going from one side of the lane to the other, obiously distracted.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:54 PM
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It's a judgment call....sometimes I will go, sometimes I will wait.

If I see that traffic is really zooming and people are driving extra-psychotic.......I will wait until it is fully clear.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:11 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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It's a judgment call....sometimes I will go, sometimes I will wait.

If I see that traffic is really zooming and people are driving extra-psychotic.......I will wait until it is fully clear.
Yup, I agree. We had some really icy streets here a few mornings ago and I was waiting to pull right out of a parking lot. Was just about to go, when someone briefly lost control in the oncoming lanes, which caused several seconds of dodging and skidding in the lanes I was about to enter. Luckily no collisions. Had I pulled out into what had been a clear right lane seconds before, there may well have been a collision though. Involving me!

So for sure an extra measure of caution when roadways are slick.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:32 AM
 
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Some joker in a small pick-up truck made a right through a red light in front of me today causing me to jam on the brakes and skid into the next lane. Fortunately that lane had no traffic. As the joker went down the road he was going from one side of the lane to the other, obiously distracted.
I was driving down a 4-lane road the other day (2 lanes each direction). Everyone (5 or 6 cars) were in a line in the left lane and I was at the end of the line, behind an SUV. The right lane was empty, so I moved over to that lane to get a better view of the road ahead.

Unfortunately, also at this time, there was a car sitting at a stop sign on a residential side street waiting to enter the main road up ahead. He looked and saw the left lane filled with cars, but the right lane empty, so out he came. . . right smack in front of me.

I slammed on my brakes so hard that my ABS was pulsing and I missed hitting him by about a foot.

That's why I don't pull out unless both lanes are empty.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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This is why in drivers school they tell you to Never switch lanes in an intersection,and that means right before it as well.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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This is why in drivers school they tell you to Never switch lanes in an intersection,and that means right before it as well.
I think we all get that. The problem is other people don't. Just because it is illegal do to does not mean many people don't do it. I rather wait an extra 30secs than hope people follow the laws.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Between West Chester and Chester, PA
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I wait until the right lane is clear, and that the other drivers in the left lanes aren't signalling or looking to make a sudden lane change.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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I wait until the whole road is clear. I don't want to be in a wreck that's avoidable.
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