Lanes are painted on the road to separate traffic. It's important that you use lanes correctly. The information below will help you do that.
Make sure you are in the correct lane for the direction that you are travelling. Follow the direction of any arrows marked on the road.
If there are no arrows:
Ideally, you should stay in the same lane all the way through the intersection. Don't change lanes unless you can do so safely.
When turning right from a road that has more than one marked lane in each direction into another road with more than one marked lane in each direction:
Turning right with marked lanes
When turning into a one-way street:
Turning right into a one-way street
When turning right from a one-way street, you should stay in the same lane throughout the turn. That means:
Remember to signal for at least three seconds before turning.
Turning right from a one-way street
When two vehicles are turning into the same road at an intersection that has more than one marked in lane in both directions:
Turning at a laned intersection
Ideally, try to get into the correct lane before you get to the intersection. However, if you must change lanes:
Never change lanes suddenly.
Incorrectly changing lanes at an intersection
When there are passing lanes, drive in the left-hand lane unless you are passing another vehicle.
If you've been driving slower than the speed limit, don't speed up when you reach a passing lane if other vehicles are following – give them the opportunity to pass you safely. See Passing for more information.
Special vehicle lanes have signs or markings that indicate they are only for the use of specific kinds of vehicles, such as buses, cycles, taxis or vehicles carrying a specified number of passengers (transit lanes). See Main types of signs for examples of special vehicle lane signs.
Other vehicles may use special vehicle lanes to make a turn or get to a parking space. Use of the lane for these purposes must be kept to a minimum length and be no more than 50 metres. You must give way to any vehicles entitled to use the lane.
Some special vehicle lanes operate 24 hours a day for the use of the designated vehicles. Others have times of operation specified on their signs, for example, '4 pm to 6 pm'. In that case, you may be able to stop in them outside of these times.
If you are turning at an intersection where there is a cycle lane, give way to cyclists going straight through.
Last updated: 1 May 2011