Which Lane Is The Proper Lane To Turn Into ?

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Shadow Trucker's Comment
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There is a discrepancy between my CDL School Instructor and the CDL Examiner. I wanted to get the opinion from the veteran truckers here. (My instructor is a 28 year trucking veteran) btw.

When making a left hand turn from a signaled single left turn lane on a 4 lane divided highway (2 lanes each direction). Which lane is the proper lane to turn into: 1. The inside lane? 2. The outside lane? Hopefully the description is clear. Thanks

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Shadow Trucker's Comment
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My CDL Instructor says the outside lane would be the proper lane. The CDL Examiner says the inside lane is the proper lane and he will deduct points for turning into the outside land.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Sid V.'s Comment
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If i were you i'd go with the one where you don't get any points deducted.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Go with the examiner and let them fight it out between them. Kind of like a police officer telling you to stop while the light is green. Both can give instructions, but one can take your license.

😆

Rob T.'s Comment
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According to most, if not all, state training manuals you turn into the first available lane. I would do that during the test although its strange your instructor is telling you something thats different than what the examiner is grading you on. That's not to say you won't utilize the outside lane to complete the turn but for the test you want to end up in that left most lane in your example.

With that being said, this is one of the things that is different than real world driving. When I'm facing a turn like that I always take the right most lane. My reasoning is that it gives me the most room to safely complete my turn. Technically I'm breaking a traffic law in most states but I don't see the point in using the right lane to complete the turn while bringing it back to the left lane just to move back right after I've just gotten my entire truck back into the left lane. It seems like it adds unnecessary lane changes that increases the risk of an accident as other motorists become confused. In my opinion, its highly unlikely you'd ever be cited unless maybe in an accident as nearly everybody in all vehicle types does it this way.

Jim W.'s Comment
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According to my trainer this morning: Turn left into the inside lane, and once your tractor and trailer are straight, signal and move to the right lane when you can.

Shadow Trucker's Comment
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According to most, if not all, state training manuals you turn into the first available lane. I would do that during the test although its strange your instructor is telling you something thats different than what the examiner is grading you on. That's not to say you won't utilize the outside lane to complete the turn but for the test you want to end up in that left most lane in your example.

With that being said, this is one of the things that is different than real world driving. When I'm facing a turn like that I always take the right most lane. My reasoning is that it gives me the most room to safely complete my turn. Technically I'm breaking a traffic law in most states but I don't see the point in using the right lane to complete the turn while bringing it back to the left lane just to move back right after I've just gotten my entire truck back into the left lane. It seems like it adds unnecessary lane changes that increases the risk of an accident as other motorists become confused. In my opinion, its highly unlikely you'd ever be cited unless maybe in an accident as nearly everybody in all vehicle types does it this way.

To be clear, my instructor is telling me to follow what the examiner is saying. Like you said, sometimes in the real world by the book is not always going to be the best application.. Just a fyi.. this examiner has never driven a truck, apparently he is a book trained examiner, not that it necessarily matters.

Thank you for the clear and concise reply !!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The reason you turn into the inside lane is someone could make a right on red from the other side of the intersection.

Robert B.'s Comment
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Don't forget what matters the most for you right now is getting your cdl. And doing that means driving how the DMV wants you to do.

On your driving exam if you don't turn into the lane they are expecting you to turn into that could result in a fail. For now do it the way the instructor teaches you and when you get on the road it will be your call how you see it best.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Don't forget what matters the most for you right now is getting your cdl. And doing that means driving how the DMV wants you to do.

On your driving exam if you don't turn into the lane they are expecting you to turn into that could result in a fail. For now do it the way the instructor teaches you and when you get on the road it will be your call how you see it best.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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