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Turning right from a single lane to a multilane in Canberra?

By Hazel 13 May 2011 26

Hi, I am a Learner Driver.

I have searched the Australian Road Rules for this but haven’t found anything.

I have been online as well and read a forum, now I am totally unsure about this road rule!

I am turning right from a single lane at the traffic light into a multilaned road. The turn line is marked. Can i choose to enter either the first, second or third lane after negotiating the turn?

Or should i necessarily follow the turn line completely, enter the 1st lane THEN signal and move to the 3rd lane when possible?

People seem to have different opinions on this matter.

And what if there is a slip lane to the left of the multilane way that i am entering? 

Please help 🙂

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Shifu 5:20 pm 16 Dec 16

When turning right into a multiple line road (you have the green arrow) you must stay in the rightmost line on the road you are turning into. IT IS A VERY COMMON MISTAKE (AND CAUSE OF MANY ACCIDENTS) TO CHANGE THE LINE WHILE EXECUTING THAT TURN. YOU MUST STAY IN THE SAME LINE YOU HAVE STARTED THE TURN. It may all sound a bit strange but it makes a perfect sense if you rationally think about it. Firstly it allows the oncoming cars to turn left without any problems and secondly, if you didn’t stay in your line it means:
1. You have change line on the intersection – illegal
2. You have changed the line to the left while you have the right indicator on (because you turning right). That would be very confusing and illegal as well.
If you need to be in the left hand side lines after executing the right turn, you must follow all the rules of line changing – starting with correct indicating and making sure the line you turning into is free.

markjohnconley 11:49 am 16 Dec 11

markjohnconley said :

markjohnconley 11:46 am 16 Dec 11

Fuzzy said :

Wanon said :

Keep within the lines that are painted on the road. A dashed line is a give way line and a solid line cannot be crossed except for emergencies. A wide solid line is a stop line.

They will typically turn you into the right most lane. This will allow cars (on the opposite side of the intersection) to turn left into the left lane at the same time you turn right into the right lane.

..Part 2 of your question – traffic turning left from a slip lane is required to give way to cars turning right. While technically the 2 cars should be able to happily go together, most people will wait in the slip lane if lights have gone for right turns on the assumption that half the traffic will do a wide turn straight into the left lane.

Close, traffic turning left from a slip lane are required to give way to cars turning right if you are both turning into a ONE lane road, however as that car turning right HAS to turn into the ‘fast’ lane, I was told by the traffic police that the left turning traffic can proceed!

troll-sniffer 5:40 pm 15 May 11

No, there is a left turn slip lane from Mugga Lane into Hindmarsh Dr. “turn left at anytime with care”. This is the case for the vast majority of intersections entering multi lane roads. The left turn slip lane is NOT controlled by traffic lights.

That’s true, but the slip lane has to give way to whatever traffic is in the road, including a vehicle that leaves Dalrymple and chooses to cross directly into the left lane. However, a courteous driver exiting Dalrymple would see the car turning left out of Mugga Lane and turn into the right lane of Hindmarsh, allowing the Mugga lane driver to proceed a couple of seconds earlier. Same turning from Hindmarsh into Yamba, if there’s a car ready to enter Yamba from the Woden end, be courteous and stay over in the right lane.

Good road behaviour is made up of obeying the set road rules and in addition, understanding that everywhere you travel you should be looking for ways to drive defensively and courteously, and accepting that although you may have the ‘right’ to do something, you might not be ‘right’ to enforce your ‘right’.

Monomyth 1:50 pm 15 May 11

As someoner who has recently obtained their P’s, I can’t tell you the specific laws but I can tell you the instructor will make you turn enter the same lane you exited from. as in, you will need to turn into the lane that lines up with the lane you’re exiting from.

Very Busy 9:33 am 15 May 11

troll-sniffer said :

Hazel said :

Thanks for the comments guys. I was talking about turning right on the traffic lights from Dalrymple Street to Hindmarsh Drive. It’s sad that the road rules do not have precise advice for such a common case!

Isn’t that intersection controlled by separate flows, with Dalrymple and Mugga Lane on separate flows? Therefore when you turn from Dalrymple to go up towards Woden, the road is all yours, there’s no other traffic with a green light. You can turn perfectly safely directly into the far left lane with no consequences for anyone but the bogan P Plater who thinks it’s OK to hoon around your left hand side, and breaking the law in so doing.

No, there is a left turn slip lane from Mugga Lane into Hindmarsh Dr. “turn left at anytime with care”. This is the case for the vast majority of intersections entering multi lane roads. The left turn slip lane is NOT controlled by traffic lights.

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