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Why you should avoid this driving maneuver

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Car Accidents

Every time you drive, you hope to do so safely. Most people commute without incident every single day. No one expects to get into an accident. But it is certainly best to consider how common accidents are so that you can take steps to make yourself even safer.

If there’s one driving behavior that you change, it should be taking left turns. Some experts would advise that you do not do this at all. In fact, some companies have policies for their drivers stipulating that left turns are almost always prohibited. The goal is to keep drivers from turning through the oncoming traffic lanes.

Left turns are inherently dangerous

The problem with a left turn is that, while it may be more efficient in getting someone to their destination, it is also more dangerous. Because they are crossing oncoming lanes, an accident is much more likely. If the driver instead turns right numerous times to arrive at the same destination, they never have to enter oncoming traffic lanes and so it’s far less likely they will be involved in a crash.

The reason that shipping companies do this is because an accident is so inefficient. It does take longer to drive around the block, but that is still far more efficient than having even a single vehicle involved in an expensive accident that causes a significant delay. Drivers who are focused on safety may want to consider this as well, even though they are certainly not obligated to do so.

There are many risks on the road that go beyond simply making left turns. Those who have been injured due to the negligent actions of other drivers must know how to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.