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Knowing when you can turn right

So I'm a recently new driver and get really confused on where I can and cannot turn right.

On some roads there are no road marking on the ground and/or blue arrows indicating you can go right, but you can as I've seen plenty of other drivers do it - even google maps directions says you can. Yet on other roads, again without any road marking or signs (including the no right turn sign) you cannot turn right.

I get really worried about this as I fear I may one day do some silly mistake. So how do you identify one on these?

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Reply 1
Original post by mrdoovde1
So I'm a recently new driver and get really confused on where I can and cannot turn right.

On some roads there are no road marking on the ground and/or blue arrows indicating you can go right, but you can as I've seen plenty of other drivers do it - even google maps directions says you can. Yet on other roads, again without any road marking or signs (including the no right turn sign) you cannot turn right.

I get really worried about this as I fear I may one day do some silly mistake. So how do you identify one on these?


Could you be a little more specific? Turn right where?
Reply 2
Original post by IWMTom
Could you be a little more specific? Turn right where?


Onto another road
Reply 3
Original post by mrdoovde1
Onto another road


It's usually pretty obvious - you can't turn right where a sign dictates otherwise.
Reply 4
Original post by IWMTom
It's usually pretty obvious - you can't turn right where a sign dictates otherwise.


Which is why im confused.

2 different road will have no road marking and a blue arrow pointing forward yet one road you can make a right turn but other you can't.
Reply 5
Original post by mrdoovde1
Which is why im confused.

2 different road will have no road marking and a blue arrow pointing forward yet one road you can make a right turn but other you can't.


Can you give us some examples...?
Unless road signs or road markings say no right turn you can turn right if it is safe to do so. I would recommend not doing it near a bend or top of the hill as this can make it harder to see what is coming.
Reply 7
Original post by IWMTom
Can you give us some examples...?


Pic 1:
https://i.snag.gy/ILqduB.jpg
Road marking indicating forward only as well a blue arrow indicating forward yet you can make a right turn there.

Pic 2:
https://i.snag.gy/SsrgMX.jpg
Same scenario. Road marking (not seen in picture) indicating forward only as well as blue arrow yet you cannot make a right turn there.

Pic 3.
https://i.snag.gy/2qBTVz.jpg
No road marking and no arrow but you can make a right turn
I know this area well. Pic 1 and 3 you can turn right. Pic 2 no because the arrows only point left and straight.
Reply 9
Original post by mrdoovde1
Pic 1:
https://i.snag.gy/ILqduB.jpg
Road marking indicating forward only as well a blue arrow indicating forward yet you can make a right turn there.


The road markings are for major routes, and do not constitute a restriction on turning. The ahead only symbol is past the junction, in this case.


Original post by mrdoovde1

Pic 2:
https://i.snag.gy/SsrgMX.jpg
Same scenario. Road marking (not seen in picture) indicating forward only as well as blue arrow yet you cannot make a right turn there.


The white arrow in the blue circle (contained within the traffic light) means ahead only, hence why you cannot turn right.


Original post by mrdoovde1

Pic 3.
https://i.snag.gy/2qBTVz.jpg
No road marking and no arrow but you can make a right turn


Unless otherwise stated, you're usually always permitted to turn right at a junction. This logic applies here.
Reply 10
Original post by IWMTom
The road markings are for major routes, and do not constitute a restriction on turning. The ahead only symbol is past the junction, in this case.




The white arrow in the blue circle (contained within the traffic light) means ahead only, hence why you cannot turn right.




Unless otherwise stated, you're usually always permitted to turn right at a junction. This logic applies here.


What about this road:
https://i.snag.gy/VUdOYf.jpg can you make a right here to do a u-turn?
Reply 11
Original post by mrdoovde1
What about this road:
https://i.snag.gy/VUdOYf.jpg can you make a right here to do a u-turn?


Yes, legally speaking, if there is no "no U-turn" sign, you can do the maneuver. Providing you're not inconveniencing other road users, it would be fine.
Yes but would wait for roundabout what is only a tiny bit ahead
Reply 13
But according to google maps you can't.

I've also seen people try to turn here only for the driver behind them to start horning.
Original post by mrdoovde1
But according to google maps you can't.

I've also seen people try to turn here only for the driver behind them to start horning.


It would be risky on that stretch of road due to the traffic volume but I would just wait until the roundabout what is much safer. Always remember even if it not illegal it can be if it is done in an unsafe way.
Reply 15
Original post by mrdoovde1
But according to google maps you can't.

I've also seen people try to turn here only for the driver behind them to start horning.


It wouldn't be recommended; driving comes with a requirement for common sense - you would be inconveniencing other drivers by attempting a U turn here.
Reply 16
Original post by mrdoovde1
But according to google maps you can't.

I've also seen people try to turn here only for the driver behind them to start horning.
Its not a good place to make a U turn as its too tight. There probably a general rule of some sort against it in the Highway Code if you take a look. I recollect for example that it says to avoid making a U turn at mini-roundabouts, which will be for the very same reason. You have to use signs and judgement, and you're right, right turns are tricky because they interact a lot with traffic both in front of you and behind.
Reply 17
Original post by WoodyMKC

The second pic appears to be the most confusing as the blue arrow points ahead, but this is just to signify that this is the lane you stay in to continue on the same road (even though you're going to turn off shortly if you're turning right) and the left lane with the left arrow indicates that you're moving onto a different road. There's a bit of a gap in which you could pull into to that cars can go around you on your left so that you're not interrupting the flow of traffic behind you as you wait for a gap to turn right. Again, if turning right was prohibited, there would be a sign telling you that it's prohibited.


There's an ahead only sign within the traffic light; right turning is prohibited (when you look at the traffic flow for that junction, it makes sense).
Original post by IWMTom
There's an ahead only sign within the traffic light; right turning is prohibited (when you look at the traffic flow for that junction, it makes sense).


Bah, total brain-fart on my part, just rang a bell in my head that an arrow circled in blue means ahead only, the traffic light threw me off :rofl:
Reply 19
Original post by WoodyMKC
Bah, total brain-fart on my part, just rang a bell in my head that an arrow circled in blue means ahead only, the traffic light threw me off :rofl:


It's okay, I'll admit I had to check the official definition of the sign before advising the OP :')

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