Signaling & Turning

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A hand and arm or directional signal of intention to turn or move a vehicle right or left must be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning. As a safety precaution, the signal may be given from a greater distance when warranted by traffic conditions or the higher speeds of your vehicle.

Never stop or suddenly decrease the speed of your vehicle without signaling your intentions for the benefit of the other drivers. Be sure turn signals are clean and free from dust, dirt, ice, or snow.

Protect yourself—help others


Use hand signals when the sun is shining brightly or when a line of cars following you could obscure your turn signal light. Be sure that all turn signal lights are clean and free from dust, dirt, ice, or snow.

Alaska law requires you to cancel your directional signal light after you use it. Your unintended signal still means you are turning to the other drivers. You might tempt another driver to turn or drive across in front of you.

Failure to signal is dangerous and inconsiderate. Your signal alerts other drivers to your actions.

Left Turns

Signaling for turns prevents rear end collisions. Drivers waiting on side streets appreciate your turn signal.


Unless prohibited, you may use the “three point turn” to turn around on a narrow street.

  1. Signal your intention to turn right. Pull over to the far right and stop.
  2. Signal your intention to turn left. Check for traffic.
  3. If traffic is clear, turn left crossing the street until your vehicle is pointing at the curb or left shoulder of the road.
  4. Check again for traffic. Turn your wheels to the right as far as they will go. Back up to the opposite side of the street.
  5. Stop, check again for traffic. Drive forward to complete your turn around maneuver.

Be careful when making this turn. Watch for and yield to approaching traffic or pedestrians. For extra safety, you can always sound your horn before backing.