U-turn is a 180° turn executed to proceed in the opposite direction. The u-turn is one of the road traffic signs under prohibitory signs.
Where Not To Make A U-turn
Drivers should not make it;
- On a highway
- Near the crest of a hill or a curve
- Where “No U-turn” signs are posted
- Around any place where other drivers cannot see your vehicle from about 200 meters away from any direction.
- In a very busy road or business districts
Where To Make it
- Where there exist sign for it
- When you are given the go-ahead by a green arrow left-turn traffic signal.
- While using a parking lot
- When the driver re-entered the road ways going forward, not backward.
- You execute it only from the left portion of the lane closest to the center line of the roadway, never from the right lane.
How To Make A U-turn
Unless it is prohibited, it maybe used around a narrow, two way street. And except where it is indicated not to, it can be executed at any turn. In a right hand drive country like Nigeria, the following is how to make it
- While approaching the place you intend to turn, indicate with your left directional
- Then pull over to the left and stop.
- Check carefully for approaching traffic
- Turn left, cross the road so you come to a stop while facing the kerb or edge of the road
- Check again for traffic
- Turn your steering wheel as far to the right as possible, then back up to the right kerb or edge of the road.
- Stop, check again for other traffic, then pull away from the kerb.
Note that this practical step is applicable to countries that use left hand drive like Nigeria.