Lately I’ve been wondering a lot about traffic laws with regards to center turn lanes. Running the mile or so between my parent’s road and my Granny’s road, Rt. 60 has 4 regular lanes and a center turn lane. Everytime I make a left hand turn onto or off of it, I think about what I am and am not allowed to do.
First, when turning into the turn lane in order to make a left hand turn, is there any rule about how far you are allowed to drive in it? I know if you are at a light and there is a break in the yellow lines that you are supposed to wait until the break, but what if you aren’t turning at a light? And what if you are turning at a light, but there is a big line of cars in the regular lane, and you just want to get over to get the green arrow?
Secondly, when you are making a left hand turn onto the main highway, and going into the turn lane, how far and how fast can you drive in the turn lane before merging into traffic? Today I was making a left hand turn out of the grocery store only to go a little ways (just past a small car lot and a pizza place) to turn left onto my parents road. It’s maybe a quarter mile. Did I need to merge over into the regular traffic only to get right back over into the turn lane? It seems too long to be running in that lane, but also stupid to get over and then right back.