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You can avoid receiving a ticket for making an improper turn if you always use the proper technique each time you approach an intersection. While we all learn the right way to make turns when we first get our driver's licenses, it is easy to forget over time.

A common type of turn that many New Yorkers receive tickets for is a U-turn. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, U-turns are always prohibited in the following places:

  • Where signs expressly forbid them
  • In places where it is hard for other drivers to see you, such as near a curve or at the top of a hill
  • In school zones
  • In New York City neighborhoods that are designated as business districts.

If you are not in one of those areas and cannot find a safe place like a parking lot or driveway in which to turn, you can make a U-turn from the left lane or at a left-turn green arrow, if traffic allows.

You should always make a left-hand turn from the left-most lane of the road you are traveling on. If the road you are turning onto has more than one lane, you should turn into the left lane and then move over when it is safe to do so. Similarly, right turns should be executed from the right-most lane and you should continue into the right lane of the road onto which you are turning.

Finally, you should always be aware of your surroundings and always use a signal to let other drivers know that you intend to make a turn. In the event that your car's signal lights are not working, hand signals should be used. The DMV states that before you brake, you should turn on your signal light and that this should be done within the minimum 100 foot zone prescribed by the law.

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