What is a Cul-de-sac and how should you drive in one?
Cul-de-sac Meaning: A cul-de-sac is a dead-end street which usually has a circular shape at the end that allows us to easily turn our vehicle around. It looks a little like a spoon in the end of the street! In a sense, it’s just a continuous road with a very sharp turn to it. Cul-de-sacs are almost always residential areas.
What you need to know about driving in a cul-de-sac:
Because the cul-de-sac is actually a continuous road, you do not need to signal when you are going around it. In fact, indicating could confuse other drivers because they may think you intend to turn into one of the houses in the cul-de-sac.
However, there are safety precautions you need to take to drive safely in a cul-de-sac. Let’s take a look at the process:
- Lower your speed as you approach the circular part of the cul-de-sac.
- Shoulder check to the right prior to entering the circular portion of the road.
- Once you are in the cul-de-sac, look out the left side window in the direction you want to go in while turning the steering wheel. This will allow you to successfully make the turn around.
- Stay close to the right curb for the duration of your turn.
- Continue looking for hazards at all times while in the cul-de-sac and keep your speed at a safe level.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to check thoroughly for any hazards when you’re driving in a cul-de-sac. These streets are almost always in residential areas and, because of the lack of through-traffic, the residents are often less vigilant about checking for cars. You must constantly scan the area hazards such as a child running out after a ball, cars in driveways which may be pulling out, pets, and any other unexpected hazards.
A cul-de-sac is a dead-end street that usually has a circular shape at the end that allows us to easily turn our vehicle around. In a sense, it’s just a continuous road with a very sharp turn to it. If we follow that logic then that means we do not need to signal when we are going around the cul de sac. However, we do want to shoulder check to the right prior to enter the circular portion of the road. Once we are in the cul-de-sac, we want to look out our left side window in the direction we want to go in while turn our steering wheel. This will allow you to successfully make the turn around. You will usually find cul-de-sacs in residential areas so be on the lookout for children and cars in driveways that may be leaving soon and other hazards such as pets.