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How to Turn Left at An Intersection to Avoid Being Involved in a Crash | Crash Analysis Smart


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Rick with Smart Drive Test.

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Today we're talking about left-hand turns, social cues, and "you can be right, or you can be dead right."

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Now you can see here in the video clip the vehicle is pushing its way through to make a left-hand turn at a very busy intersection.

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The traffic on the outside lane has come to a stop.

Obviously the intersections is blocked on the other side, but the vehicles on the inside lane are still proceeding through the intersection.

The vehicle comes across and sits in the intersection in front of the outside lane of traffic.

The light changes to yellow and goes to red.

The driver thinks that the traffic is actually going to come to a stop-- incorrectly of course--and then proceeds through the intersection.

The other car runs the red light and the result is a collision.

Now like a relationship, it takes two people to fight, it takes two drivers to have a crash.

So that's what we're going to talk about today.

So stick around, we'll be right back with that information.


Hi there smart drivers.

Rick with Smart Drive Test.

Welcome back.

Today we're talking about left-hand turns, social cues, and "you can be right, or you can be dead right".

Now we looked at the video clip in the introduction there and the vehicle was making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection.

Subsequently what happened was the vehicle ran the red light.

The vehicle other vehcile proceeded through and there was a crash.

Now you need to take social cues from traffic and one of the reasons that new drivers and some experienced drivers have crashes is because they fail to read correctly the social cues from other traffic, which could potentially result in a crash.

Social Cues from Other Traffic

And one of the social cues here is, when you're driving along multi-lane roadways and one lane of traffic or the other lane that you're not in slows down or comes to a stop you need to cover the brake you need to slow down--perhaps stop--and figure out why that lane of traffic is stopped.

What is the reason for that?

You can see here in the clip, I was driving the other day and the traffic in the outside lane came to a stop to allow the traffic in front of them to make a left-hand turn.

They were being courteous.

But for me driving it's a danger because the other line of traffic has come to a stop, and I came up and covered the brake after the vehicle in front of him made the left-hand turn.

I was cutting down my reaction time by covering the brake and ensuring what was going on in the intersection even though it wasn't a controlled intersection.

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Caught in the Intersection on a RED LIGHT

Now the other thing is that the driver making the left-hand turn--and we've talked about this before--for new drivers and veteran drivers alike, you get anxious when you're in the intersection and the light has gone to red.

You feel that you need to clear that intersection.

If traffic is congested and you want to turn left on a multi-lane road, ensure that ALL traffic has stopped before proceeding.

But let me reiterate once again:

If you're in the intersection and the light goes to yellow, the light goes to red, make sure that that oncoming traffic--be absolutely positive that oncoming traffic has come to a stop before you commit to making a left-hand turn.

Otherwise, as in the video clip here, vehicles could run the red light and you could be involved in a crash.

So know that if you're in the intersection and making a left-hand turn, do not go, do not proceed through that intersection until that oncoming traffic has come to a stop and you are absolutely sure.

You can be right, OR you can be DEAD Right

And finally, the last point is that "you can be right, or you can be dead right."

Yes the light went to red and the vehicle needed to make the left-hand turn and the other vehicle ran the red light.

But it takes two people to have a crash.

Had the person waited who making the left-hand turn until that vehicle came through and cleared the intersection, it would not have resulted in a crash.

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Errors By Both Drivers

So there was errors on both sides of the intersection in terms of drivers proceeding through the intersection.

The one driver proceeding straight through the intersection failed to see the social cues and failed to see the red light, first and foremost, but also failed to recognize the social cues of the other line of traffic being stopped.

And the driver making the left-hand turn failed to ensure that traffic was coming to a complete stop before he or she cleared the intersection.

So that is the reason why there was a crash that resulted.

It was because both drivers made an error and subsequently there was a crash.

Question for smart drivers:

Have you been involved in a crash on a left-hand turn either when turning or proceeding straight through the intersection?

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I'm Rick with Smart Drive Test.

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