Hook Turns


Hook Turns

If you plan to drive in Melbourne, watch out for the "hook turn" signs (above) and be prepared to turn right from the leftmost lane.

How to Hook Turn


In Steps
1 Approach and enter the intersection from as near as possible to the left.
2 Move forward, keeping clear of any marked foot crossing, until your vehicle is as near as possible to the far side of the road that you are entering.
3 Remain at the position reached under Step 2 until the traffic lights on the road you are entering have changed to green.
4 Turn right into the road and continue straight ahead.

Melbourne hook turn




Description
Instead of moving to the right hand lane to turn right, you move to the left lane and stop (with your right indicator on) when you're almost half way across the intersection in the cross street. As your lights turn red and the lights in the cross street turn green, the vehicles that have queued for the hook turn complete their turns by crossing ahead of the vehicles that were stopped in that street.

Reasons for use
In Melbourne, the hook turn allows both the clear passage of trams and prevents right-turning drivers from having to wait or check that there are no trams crossing the driver's path. In the central city, cars are generally not allowed to travel on tram lanes, so dedicated right-turn lanes are not possible.

Hook Turns Elsewhere
Melbourne Victoria, Adelaide South Australia, Northeastern Illinois, Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and Netherlands.

Doing the Melbourne Hook


BigBen has a Shockwave animation of the hook turn.



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