What is a shared left turn lane?

I’m practicing for my road test to get my license, and I’m having trouble understanding a few things. For example, what is a shared left turn lane?

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Answer provided by
Sarah Gray
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
Best of luck on your upcoming road test! A shared left turn lane can be a bit confusing when you’re new to driving, but it just means that the center lane can be used by traffic moving in both directions to make a left turn.
When you need to use a shared left turn lane to turn left, you should:
  • Engage your turn signal
  • Enter the center lane
  • Avoid driving in the center lane—it should be kept clear for turns only
  • Watch for oncoming traffic both in the center lane and oncoming lanes
  • Wait for a gap in oncoming traffic and complete your turn
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