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Turning Rules in Idaho

Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents often occur due to improper turning. The following is the Idaho Rules of the Road governing turning.

Idaho Code § 49-644: REQUIRED POSITION AND METHOD OF TURNING

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn shall do so as follows:

  • Both the approach for a right turn and the right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
  • The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left shall approach the turn in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of the vehicle. Whenever practicable the left turn shall be made to the left of the center of the intersection and so as to leave the intersection or other location in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the same direction on the highway being entered.
  • Where a special lane for making left turns by drivers proceeding in opposite directions has been indicated by traffic-control devices:
    • A left turn shall not be made from any other lane;
    • A vehicle shall not be driven in the lane except when preparing for or making a left turn from or into the highway or when preparing for or making a U-turn when otherwise permitted by law.

Idaho Code § 49-645: LIMITATIONS ON TURNING AROUND

  • The driver of any vehicle shall not turn the vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.
  • No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, where the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred (500) feet, or where a no-passing zone has been established.

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