Road Rules: Turning right when median strip is present and how to manage changes in speed limit.

Right hand turn at a median strip

This is commonly an unknown situation for most learners. Generally, most learners lack the experience on how to manage such situation and can often make rush decisions that can lead to undesirable circumstance. So here are some tips on how to safely turn right when a median strip is present.

Note: Red vehicle must give way to blue vehicle when turning right except when blue vehicle is making a U-turn or if red vehicle is turning left.


  • Firstly stop at the end of the road, look right and left for oncoming traffic and decide on a safe gap.

  • IMPORTANT! Be patient when choosing a gap. Turning right can take a considerable time to complete, so wait until an appropriate gap is available before deciding to continue on.

  • While waiting for a gap, decide whether there is enough space for the vehicle to stop in the middle of the median strip and how the vehicle will be positioned. On an angle or straight? The best option at any time would be positioning the vehicle on an angle as shown in in the picture above of the red car. The whole vehicle must be positioned correctly within the designated area and markings. No tail or front of the vehicle should be over the markings.

  • IMPORTANT! If there is a safe gap from the right side, check the left side to make sure there are no vehicles turning into the street you are exiting from. If so they will need to be given way. Wait patiently until the space has been cleared and then continue if safe.

  • Check that the median strip is clear of vehicles before deciding to move in.

  • Once all has been considered move in the median strip, wait for a safe gap on the left side and proceed as normal.

How to manage change of speed limit

A common error made by most learners is that when a speed sign far into the distance indicate 60 km an increase of speed occurs even though the car is still travelling in a 40 km zone. Here is what to do when the speed limit changes.

Lower to higher speed

Remember that whilst travelling within a particular speed zone obey by that speed limit and when nearby the new sign increase the speed. It is recommended that the speed limit should not be increased until reaching the new sign.

Higher to lower speed

When speed limits change from higher to lower it is important to reduce the speed before arriving at the new speed zone. For example, if travelling at 60 km and ahead there is a road works signs indicating 40 km start to reduce the speed and make sure that the vehicle is travelling at the correct speed by the time it has entered the new zone.


The tips and tools we provide are a guide and should not be taken as concrete rules due to the nature of each situation being uniquely different. We encourage that all learners develop the skill of independent thinking and learn to use their own discretion as each situation can present factors that may not have been mentioned or considered within this article. In addition, asking a supervising driver and or instructor for clarification and guidance is always recommended.

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