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8. Rules of the Road

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11. U-Turns

Unless otherwise prohibited by a sign, a U-turn is legal at an intersection:

  • whenever a traffic stop sign protects you from oncoming traffic.
  • with a signal light which is either green or a green arrow

When attempting a U-turn at an intersection:

  • be sure it is not prohibited
  • scan for pedestrians and bicycles as well as other vehicles that may be entering the intersection
  • start the turn from the leftmost lane available to you, or the center turn lane if it exists, but you may finish it in any lane
  • Make U-turns from the leftmost lane at an intersection or divided highway where an opening has been provided.

    Unless otherwise prohibited, you may make U-turns:

    • across a double yellow line is legal unless otherwise prohibited by a sign or other traffic law
    • in a residential district if there is no approaching vehicle within 200 feet

    A U-turn is illegal:

  • when you cannot clearly see 200 feet in either direction
  • in front of a fire station
  • in a business district except at an intersection or through an opening in a concrete divider (a business district includes apartments, churches, and schools as well as commercial businesses)
  • when not safe due to traffic conditions
  • when there is a NO U TURN sign
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    Lesson 8 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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    2. The minimum speed limit in California is:


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    3. In California, changing lanes in the middle of an intersection:


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    4. You must use your turn signal


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    5. Entering an intersection before you can safely cross through it, and blocking it:


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