Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook


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Turning

Right turns

When approaching an intersection or driveway that requires a right-hand turn, move as close to the right curb or right edge of the road as possible.

General procedure:

  1. Decide to make your right turn well in advance of the turn. Signal, check your rear gate and check your blind spot. When safe, move as close to the right as possible.
  2. Check for traffic, pedestrians and other real or potential hazards in or near the intersection. A basic left, straight ahead, right, left sweeping pattern will be sufficient.
  3. Slow down (and shift to a lower gear if you are in a manual transmission vehicle).
  4. Check again for real or potential hazards.
  5. If there are no potential hazards, complete your right turn into the first available driving lane.

See rules regarding turning right on a red light.

Right turn

Watch Now: Right turns


It is the driver's responsibility to move as close to the right curb, or right edge of the road, as possible.

When a vehicle is parked in the lane closest to the right curb and near the intersection, the driver must move into that lane at the first opportunity before turning.

Drivers may not make turns from the main driving lane.

Right turn

Watch Now: Right turns - Incorrect / Correct


Left turns

Left turns are more dangerous than right turns because you have to cross traffic coming from at least two directions. This means that your searching pattern is very important and you should continue to search as you cross the intersection. When you intend to turn left across the path of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, you must yield the right of way to the oncoming vehicle.

When making a left turn, you must approach the intersection and complete the turn in the leftmost lane available for your direction of travel.

General procedure:

  1. If a lane change is required, decide well in advance to make your left turn. Signal and check your rear gate and blind spot to see if there is a vehicle close to you. Move safely into the left side of the left lane.
  2. Check for traffic, pedestrians and any other real or potential hazards that may be in or near the intersection. Use the basic left, straight ahead, right, left sweeping pattern.
  3. Slow down (and shift to a lower gear if you are driving a manual transmission vehicle).
  4. Check again for real or potential hazards. Watch out for motorcycles when completing a left turn. Motorists failing to identify oncoming motorcycles when making a left turn is a significant contributing factor in collisions involving motorcycles.
  5. If you have to stop in the intersection to wait for oncoming traffic, be sure to keep your vehicle parallel to the lane and your front wheels straight. That way if you are hit from behind, you will not be pushed in the path of oncoming traffic.
  6. If there are no potential hazards, complete your left turn into the first available driving lane.
Left turn

Watch Now: General procedures for left turns


A left turn from a one-way street to a two-way street should be made from a point as close as possible to the left edge of the roadway. Enter the two-way street into the lane immediately to the right of the centre line. If there are no parked cars in the curb lane it is appropriate to move into that lane in advance of the corner. If there is a car in the lane be sure the driver is turning and not pulling over to park.

Left turn

Watch Now: Left turn from a one-way to a two-way


For a left turn from a one-way street to a one-way street, start the turn from the left edge of the roadway and complete the turn in the extreme left driving lane.

When a vehicle is parked in a lane closest to the left curb and near the intersection, the driver must move into that lane at the first opportunity before turning.

Left turn one-way

Watch Now: Left turn from a one-way to a one-way


For a left turn from a two-way street to a one-way street, turn from the lane next to the centre line and enter the one-way street into the first available driving lane.

Left turn two-way

Watch Now: Left turns from a two-way to one-way

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