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Right turns on red: Test your knowledge!

Published on May 16, 2022


Do you think you know all there is to know about making right turns at red lights? Even though this is now a regular practice of drivers in Quebec, several rules must be kept in mind for safety. The L’Unique General Insurance team has prepared a little quiz so that you can test your knowledge and refresh your memory.

1. What steps must be taken to ensure it is safe to turn right?

According to the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, right turns at red lights should involve three steps:

  1. Stop : Come to a full stop.
  2. Look
    • at traffic signs to make sure that a right turn is permitted at the red light
    • for cyclists, pedestrians or other vehicles crossing or approaching the intersection
    • in your rearview mirror and blind spot
  3. Decide : When you are sure the road is clear, it’s up to you to make the decision to turn or not

2. Are cyclists obliged to obey traffic signs about right turns?

Of course!
The highway safety code applies not only to drivers but also to cyclists

3. What are the consequences of not obeying traffic signs?

Drivers who don’t obey safety rules or traffic signs related to right turns could face fines of up to $200 and three demerit points. Cyclists could be fined up to $100.

4. Who has priority at all times, even when right turns are allowed?

Once the white pedestrian silhouette comes on or the traffic lights turn green, drivers and cyclists must be extra cautious and give pedestrians the right of way.

5. Is it legal to turn right on a red light when the pedestrian light is on?

Yes, but first you must ensure that there are no pedestrians, and that the turn can be done safely.

6. Is it obligatory to turn right on red?

Even if a right turn is allowed, it is not mandatory. Whether you are driving a car or riding a bike, it’s up to you to decide whether to take advantage of the opportunity. The law provides for a fine of up to $200 for any driver who honks to pressure another driver to turn.

Your insurance broker is there to help you prevent losses. Feel free to contact him or her!