What is Illegal U-Turn?
U-turn is a term used for switching the vehicle’s track on the road. During a U-Turn, the driver takes a sharp left turn and make his way back to the other side of the road. However, U-Turns are dangerous in some situation, therefore, Virginia has categorized the limitation on taking U-Turns
What is the Virginia law for Illegal U-Turn?
According to Virginia code of 2006 section 46.2-845 – Limitation on U-turns
“The driver of a vehicle within cities, towns or business districts of counties shall not turn his vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction except at an intersection. No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction on any curve, or on the approach to or near the crest of a grade, where the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from any direction within 500 feet.”
What is the fine for illegal U-Turn in Virginia?
- Fine of maximum $200
- 3 Demerit points for Improper U-turn
- Reflection of ticket and demerit point on your driving records
How should you avoid An Illegal U-turn Ticket?
The ideal situation of any traffic law is that the law should be uniform and should not be complicated for average drivers. However, at times, it becomes difficult to differentiate between the actual definitions of U-Turn. The ideal definition states that a U-Turn is the reversal of any vehicle in a manner that it changes its traveling direction. However to be charged with taking a U-Turn totally depends on where and when you take this U-Turn. Hence, a U-Turn can be legal in certain stated circumstance and it can be illegal in other dangerous situations.
Understanding Illegal U-turn
It is not easy to understand the difference between legal and illegal U-turn unless there is any prominent sign on the road banning a U-turn, however, the universal law according to the Virginia code states that a U-Turn is illegal unless there is any kind of intersection present. U-Turns can be dangerous as it is not easier to spot the other vehicle, therefore, a driver needs to take care of the following points in Virginia:
- They should not take a U-turn near an intersection which has a traffic signal.
- They should not take a U-turn in the middle of the block in urban/residential areas.
- They should not take a U-turn on the road where a sign is placed for prohibiting U-turns.
- They should not take a U-turn where there is less visibility due to a sharp curve or the crest of the hill.
- Never take a U-turn in the presence of a law enforcement authority even if you think it is safest as even if it is legal to take a U-turn from the intersection the officer might pull you over for a reckless turn if he doesn’t feel it was safe.
How to take a safe and legal U-Turn?
To successfully take a legal and safe U-turn, you are required to follow the below-mentioned steps:
- You need to make sure that the road is clear and all the approaching vehicles should be at least at a distance of 200 feet
- You should also look for any pedestrian before making a U-Turn
- Next, you need to turn the left indicator of your vehicle to signal the other drivers.
- The ideal way is to move straight ahead while keeping the left foot on the vehicle’s brake for safety
- Before swinging to the left side you need to keep your vehicle on the right side of the road
- Now you can turn your steering wheel to the left.
- Slightly accelerate and turn your vehicles.
It is essential to make sure all the safety requirement are being met.