What You Need to Know About U-Turns

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips

When you are in a hurry, sometimes you just don’t have time to make multiple turns to get yourself headed in the right direction. That’s where U-turns come in. They allow you to easily turn yourself around and get on your way. However, before you make a U-turn, it is important to make sure you are doing it legally. Unfortunately, the answer to what is legal is not one-size-fits all. Each state has different laws regarding U-turns. But since Texas is our home turf, Texas laws are what we will talk about.

untitled (1)

First off, if you do live in Texas, consider yourself lucky. The laws regarding U-turns are very minimal. Here is a brief rundown, according to the Herald Banner:

  • You can only make a U-turn if you can clearly see at least 500 feet both in front of and behind you. This rule is pretty obvious. If you can’t safely make the turn, don’t make it. If a police officer sees you make a turn that he deems unsafe, you may very well get a ticket for reckless driving.
  • You cannot make a U-turn if a No U-turn sign is posted. While most intersections are okay, if the city thinks a particular intersection is too risky to make a safe U-turn, a sign will be posted. If you see the black U-shaped arrow covered with a big red circle with a line through it, do not make a turn. This is not just to prevent yourself from getting a ticket: It is for your safety.
  • You have to follow basic rules regarding left-hand turns. This means that at a signaled intersection, you have to wait for the green light to make your U-turn, and then yield to oncoming traffic if necessary. This may seem obvious, but should still be said.
  • You have the right-of-way. If there is someone trying to turn right at a red light onto the same road you are making the U-turn onto, you do have the legal right to go first. That being said, you always want to make sure the car sees you.

In summary, making a U-turn is all about ensuring your safety is a priority. If you can make sure that you drive defensively, check for oncoming traffic, and pay attention to any posted signs, you should be on your way in no time at all.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 120421 ratings and reviews.

Emma Rud TX, United States
it's been easy and nice to work through. the videos can be engaging and customer services and support work well and help quickly.
jacob staley None, united states
GOOD
E.S. TX, United States
Everything's great.
Ricardo De La Rosa Texas, united states
It's the best
Chi Edwards Texas, united states
nice website, easy to manuever
Alana Oldenburg None, united states
Easy and straightforward
JOSEPH OTILE None, united states
convenient
Randall Visentine None, united states
Always my go-to!
Carolyn Jacobs None, united states
Defensive Driving Course for myself is what I need and very helpful to sign up for myself.
willie thompson None, united states
GOOD OVERALL EXPERIENCE
RMags Texas, united states
easy to navigate
Gemma Parmar TX, united states
It was simple
Nurudeen Solabi united states
Very easy and straightforward process
Rafael Arreola Ocampo None, united states
Fast and easy registration
Jeramy Norsworthy None, united states
great
George Miller None, united states
Easy to Register
DOROTHY MATHIS None, united states
Quick and easy!!!!
Deysi Mora Herevia None, united states
Quick and easy
Esai Cervantes None, united states
Easy and quick
Omar Guerrero Texas, united states
easy to register
Victor Rincon Texas, united states
Easy to use
Amanda Clark Texas, united states
Easy Access
Mustafa Al-Baidhani
Smooth process
Tyler Solis None, united states
Quick and easy
sean TX, United States
Videos are easy to watch.
Jose Sandoval None, mexico
Best
William Pacheco None, united states
Very Helpful
Jonathon Burns None, united states
nice and easy
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course