How to make a right turn at the intersection

Once you are at the intersection, you will be dealing with different traffic scenarios:

making right turn intersection

One Right Turn Lane
At most intersections, you can only make a right turn from the very right lane. These type of intersections do not have a sign showing multiple right turn arrows, do not provide lanes with white dash marking to allow multiple right lanes, and allow you to make the right turn to any of the open lanes with the correct flow of traffic.

Multiple Right Turn Lanes
At some intersections, there are options for making right turns from multiple right turn lanes.  There may be a sign showing multiple right turn arrows. When you make a right turn from any of the multiple right turn lanes, you will need to stay in your lane using white dash lines as your guide of staying in your lane.

Red Arrow Signal Light
You must STOP until the light turns green.

Green Arrow Signal Light
You can GO, but you must still YIELD to vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles that are in your path.

Standard Red Light
You must STOP, make sure that there is no sign that says NO TURN ON RED, YIELD to all traffic that has a green light, YIELD to pedestrians who are still at the crosswalk, YIELD to any traffic that may still be at the intersection, look at all your surroundings (left, right, ahead, and left again) before turning and turn when it is safe. (Exception: You are not allowed to make the right turn at a red light in New York City.)

Standard Green Light
You can GO, but you must first YIELD to pedestrians that are on the crosswalk and/or approaching the crosswalk; you must also YIELD to any traffic that may still be at the intersection.

Yellow Light
You are more likely to need to stop and here is why:

  • Since you are making the right turn, you are driving at the slower speed, and more likely will not be able to make it through the yellow light before it turns red.
  • You have a very short time to evaluate the situation and to make sure that there are no pedestrians or bicyclists and everything is safe before making the turn.

Stop Sign
You must STOP, YIELD to the traffic that has arrived at the intersection first, YIELD to pedestrians that are on the crosswalk and/or approaching the crosswalk, look at all your surroundings (left, right, ahead, and left again) before turning, and turn when it is safe.