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Illinois Turn Signal Laws

Illinois Traffic Laws

In a business or residential area you must give a continuous turn signal for at least 100 feet before turning. In other areas the signal must be given at least 200 feet before turning. Drivers may signal in two ways:

  • Electrical turn signals — Apply the right turn signal for a right turn and the left
    turn signal for a left turn.
  • Hand and arm signals — Should be given with your left arm. For a right turn, the
    hand and arm are extended straight up. For a left turn, the hand and arm are extended straight out to the left. To slow down or stop, the hand and arm are extended
    down.

Turn Signal Laws In Illinois

Right Turns

  • Give a right-turn signal from the proper turning lane.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and other vehicles in the
    intersection.
  • Check traffic approaching from the left.
  • Follow the general curve of the curb as you make the right turn. Stay as close as
    possible to the curb.

Right Turn Left Turn Slow or Stop

  • Turn into the right-hand lane of the roadway you are entering.
  • Be aware that trucks and buses may need more space to make a right-hand turn.

Left Turns

  • Give a left turn signal from the proper turning lane.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and other vehicles in the
    intersection.
  • Check all approaching traffic.
  • Point the wheels straight ahead until you actually start to turn.
  • Complete the turn into the lane closest to you going in your intended direction.

Illinois Turn Signal Laws

Changing Lanes

  • When moving your vehicle from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane, turn your
    head to check traffic behind you and on your left. Give the left turn signal, then carefully move into the left lane.
  • When moving your vehicle from the left-hand lane to the right-hand lane, turn your
    head to check traffic behind you and on your right. Give the right turn signal, then
    carefully move into the right lane. It is against the law to flash your turn signals as
    a courtesy or “do pass” signal to other drivers.