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Location: Memphis TN area
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Left turn from major street to minor street?
Want to start commuting to work soon, and most roads I'll be taking are 2-lane roads. However there is one major road I'll have to go on for a short distance. This is a 5-lane road, 2 lanes each direction, with center turn lane. Going to work I'll have to turn left off of this road onto a 2-land road at a traffic light. Coming back home I'll turn left off of this road to a 2-lane road with NO traffic light.
At the light: do I pass the minor road to my right, then wait for the green and cross the major road? Or do I take the center turn lane and wait for clear oncoming traffic or left turn arrow (as cars do)?
Not at a light: do I continue on past the minor road and cross the major road perpendicular when traffic is clear both ways? Or do I take the center turn lane and wait for clear oncoming traffic as cars do?
This major road is 45 MPH but many people regularly go over 60 MPH. I'll be riding on the right side of the right lane, and crossing to the middle turn lane sounds VERY risky to me.