Are left turns dangerous? That's a question that has been asked for years, and the answer is yes - unprotected left turns are one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S.
In this blog post, we'll look at some data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and explore why left turns are more dangerous than right turns.
Left Turns: The Reality
According to the NHTSA, about 20% of all car crashes in the United States are t-bone collisions that occur when one vehicle makes a left turn and another car is coming from the opposite direction.
There are a few reasons why unprotected left turns are more dangerous than right turns. First, when you're making a left turn, you're crossing traffic that's coming towards you at high speeds.
Second, when making a left turn, you have a blind spot on your left side where you can't see oncoming traffic. This is why it's essential always to use your turn signal when making a left turn.
Third, many left turns are made at intersections with no stop sign or traffic light, which means that drivers have to yield to oncoming traffic. This can be confusing for some drivers and often leads to accidents.
Making Left Turns Safe
So what can drivers do to make left turns safer? The best thing to do is to use caution and be aware of your surroundings.
When you're making a left turn, always use your turn signal and make sure that there is no oncoming traffic before you enter the intersection.
If possible, it's also a good idea to wait until there is a gap in traffic before making your turn.
Left turns can be dangerous, but you can make them safer if you use caution.
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