The first image shows a typical right turn when not having to cross the path of oncoming traffic. Notice how both cars are deliberately cutting the corner and leaving some free space in the centre of the junction. This enables them to pass each other safely.


Nearside to nearside
The nearside to nearside method is a common way of turning right in the face of oncoming traffic. It allows vehicles waiting to turn to form an orderly queue without having to pass too close to each other.

When the light turns green, edging slowly forward enables you to select a good place to wait for a gap in the oncoming traffic. It is important to carefully selected a position which allows space for another car to take up a similar position opposite. Both cars can then safely pass each other when they move off to turn right.

When a suitable gap is available, take the opportunity to move off and turn right. Again, cutting the corner in this situation is essential as it allows space in the middle of the junction for both cars to manoeuvre.

A suitable gap may not appear until the traffic lights are changing back from green to red. When the lights do change, watch for the next oncoming car stopping at the line, then proceed to clear the junction.


Offside to offside
The offside to offside method offers a better view of oncoming traffic when waiting to turn right.

Space is limited in the centre of the junction as the red and blue cars manoeuvre slowly past one another. There may be room for more than one car to get forward at the same time. However, enough space should always be left for oncoming traffic in the centre of the junction to turn right.

If a right filter arrow is showing, the car turning right has priority over other traffic. When the arrow is lit, it is because oncoming traffic has been presented with a red light. Check to see the next car is stopping at the white line, then proceed to clear the junction.

Box junction
The yellow box has a simple rule associated with it: do not drive onto the box unless you have a clear space on the other side to move into. In other words, you should never be waiting inside the box. Make sure you understand this rule before you read on!

The exception to this rule is that you may wait inside the box when you are about to turn right and waiting for a gap in oncoming traffic. You still need to have a free space to drive into on the other side of the box before you enter it. However, once you have entered the box you may then wait to turn right.

Get animated examples with the interactive Traffic Lights app for iPad