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Is it Legal to Make a U-turn?
Contrary to what some may think, it is legal to make a U-turn unless a sign specifically prohibits such turns. When making a U-turn, be sure to do so only when traffic is clear, and where oncoming traffic can clearly see you to avoid a car accident. Making a U-turn on a curve or a hill is dangerous because oncoming traffic may be unable to see you due to the crest of the hill or the curve. Washington law requires U-turning vehicles to be visible from 500 feet away by other vehicles in either direction. As always, other “rules of the road” continue to apply, so be sure to yield the right of way, obey traffic signs and markings, and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
The following is the Washington Rules of the Road regarding U-turns.
RCW 46.61.295: U-turns.
- The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.
- No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet.
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