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How to Do a Two Point Turn (Step-by-Step Guide)

How to Do a Two Point Turn (Step-by-Step Guide)

by Zutobi · Updated Dec 22, 2020

When you’re on the road, there may be situations that arise in which you need to change directions. A two-point turn is a perfect maneuver for this. Two-point turns are not possible on dense city streets, but can be performed on suburban streets and in neighborhoods. You will likely be turning into private property, so use wise judgment when deciding to perform one of these maneuvers.

What is a Two-Point Turn?

A 2-point turn is a driving maneuver that can be used to change directions, mainly on suburban and rural streets. It is performed using a driveway on the left or ride side of the road. You may also be expected to perform a two point turn when taking your road exam in order to gain your driver’s license.  

How to Make a Two-Point Turn

Understanding the two-point turn maneuver and how to perform it safely is vital to your understanding of safe, defensive driving. Here are the steps for making a two-point turn.

Step 1: Identify a driveway

Step 2: Reverse into driveway

Step 3: Stop, observe traffic

Step 4: Pull into road to complete two-point turn

Step 1: Identify a driveway

To begin your two point turn, you will first need to find an open driveway or empty cross street to reverse into. Once you identify one, pull ahead of it, come to a complete stop, and check to make sure traffic is clear around you before moving onto the next step.

Step 2: Reverse into driveway

After you have confirmed that street traffic is clear around you by checking your mirrors and blind spot, signal your intention before making any moves. Begin reversing into the driveway, moving slowly.

Step 3: Stop, observe traffic

Once your vehicle is solidly in the driveway and both front wheels are completely off the road, come to a complete stop. Observe your surrounding and ensure there is no oncoming traffic from either direction. Activate your turn signal in the direction you wish to turn. 

Step 4: Pull into road to complete two-point turn

When the road is clear, pull into the road and proceed on with your trip!

What to Look Out For When Making a 2-Point Turn

When making a two-point turn, you’ll want to remember that cyclists, motorcyclists, and other drivers have the right of way if they are already on the roadway. For this reason, it is super important to check for traffic thoroughly while performing this maneuver. Once you perform a two point turn one time successfully, it shouldn’t be difficult to do it over and over again.

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