This week, we will be discussing how to properly drive around a cul-de-sac.
Designed so you can turn your car around without backing up, a cul-de-sac is a street that’s closed at one end. You’ll typically find cul-de-sacs in residential neighborhoods, so you need to watch out for hazards such as children playing or other cars coming out of driveways.
Properly driving around a cul-de-sac
The following steps should be taken as you approach the cul-de-sac:
1) Slow down as you approach, checking the rear view mirror.
2) Signal left.
3) Shoulder check right before you enter the cul-de-sac.
4) Keep to the right along the curb.
5) Turn your wheel left and stay along the curb following the curve of the street.
6) Keep checking out the front window and your left window (alternating) as you are driving in the cul-de-sac.
7) When you reach the end of the cul-de-sac, make sure you pull the car back to the right hand side of the road just in case there are oncoming vehicles.
You shoulder check right before you enter because you want to make sure no one is in your blind spots as you turn your wheel to the right just before entering.
You want to signal left because you are ultimately driving left along the curve in the cul-de-sac. If you signaled right, then the cars behind you might think you are driving into a driveway that might be located in the cul-de-sac.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to assist you.
Until next time. Drive safe, drive smart and drive with confidence.