Everyone knows that you can turn left and right at intersections, but you might wonder if you can also turn left across yellow lines into a driveway, for example.
The rules about this may be different depending on where in the world, country, province, state we are talking about. For Beautiful British Columbia, read more about it here.
So, can I turn left across yellow lines?
The short answer: Maybe
I hate to be annoying, but this isn’t quite a yes or no answer. If I simply told you yes or no, I might be lying.
From the ICBC Drive Smart manual
Don’t take it from me, read it from ICBC itself. The following is from the ICBC Learn to Drive Smart manual.
Notice how it doesn’t say ‘Do not turn left’ when it’s talking about the road lines.
Turn left across yellow lines
Here is a video of some left turns that are perfectly fine & legal
You can also reverse out of your driveway over lines
as long as you determine it’s safe
Should you, though?
The next question of course is, well, should you do it? I mean, we can send a bunch of humans to the moon to start a new colony there… but… should we? It’s questions for the universe.
Personally I just stick to turning at intersections whenever I can. This is because I know that other drivers will expect me to be there. Turning left across yellow lines could potentially be dangerous.
Lately I’m just not in the mood for any extra hassle.
And often, you can ask yourself if there’s a better way. This can be done with planning your route in advance to include only intersection turns. Or, to include a right turn rather than a left one.
Consider, too, that any resulting collision would more than likely be at least half your fault. Left turns really get the shaft when it comes to ICBC fault claims. Just something to think about.
Carmen C. is the founder of DrivingInstructorBlog.com After becoming an ICBC-GLP (Graduated Licensing Program) driving instructor at the age of 22, she worked for about 8 years teaching driving lessons in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In 2012 she decided to pour her knowledge into a website and share this information with the world! 🌎 She no longer teaches, but enjoys writing and maintaining this blog, creating abstract art when inspired, and photography.