How Not to U-turn or: My $225 Lesson Learned

As a young driver, I was under the false impression that you could “whip a U-turn” whenever or wherever you wanted, as long as it seemed reasonably safe. Wrong. I found out the hard way when making a U-turn on a sharply-curved road. A cop pulled me over 5 seconds later and gave me a $225 education that I will never forget. The lesson learned? LEARN THE RULES OF THE ROAD!

Can't see clearly for 200ft?  Then U-turn elsewhere!

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Next time you ‘need’ to make a U-turn, remember these helpful hints:

DO make U-turns here:

  • Anywhere on residential streets where you have a clear view for 200ft in both directions
  • On city streets (business districts), always go to an intersection to make your U-turn

DON’T make U-turn here:

  • In the middle of a city street
  • On any street that you can’t see clearly for 200ft in both directions
  • At an intersection with a “No U-turn” sign
  • In front of fire stations

Your-Turn to U-Turn

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Today’s Three Seconds: U-Turns

No U-turn?3 Second Stop
Unless you’re driving in a residential neighborhood (small side streets), you can only make a u-turn at an intersection. One exception: Never in front of a firehouse. Well, actually two more exceptions: Only when safe to do so and you can see clearly for 200 feet.

Now you know.

Taking some of the ‘ick’ out of Ticket

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Today’s Three Seconds: Traffic Ticket Control

Speeding Ticket3 Second StopTraffic Tickets: You dread them. There’s the humiliation of being pulled over, the steep ticket fine, your tarnished driving record, and increased car insurance rates. Fortunately, most states will allow you to take a Defensive Driving or Traffic School class to ‘hide’ your citation from the public and your insurance company, saving your insurance rates from skyrocketing. Not necessarily a reason to celebrate, but fixing your ticket will no doubt alleviate some of the financial burden of getting pulled over.