turn I am asking about

Is this a legal turn in Oregon? The single lane road is a private driveway and the two lane road is Highway 101.

What about California?

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Double solid yellow line – Indicates passing is not allowed for both directions of traffic. You may turn left, to enter or exit a roadway, across double solid yellow lines after waiting for oncoming traffic to clear.


Two solid yellow lines indicate no passing. Never drive to the left of these lines unless you are:

  • Turning left across a single set of double yellow lines to enter or exit a driveway or private road, or make a U-turn.

More broadly, this is the rule in every jurisdiction I’ve ever driven in. Multiple countries in four continents.

  • Thank you! Google Maps puts me on a somewhat convoluted route to avoid a turn like this. I guess that's a bug in Google Maps?
    – Someone
    May 7, 2022 at 4:09
  • @Someone Do you mind telling us what intersection it is? There may be another reason like there's a no-left-turn sign although it might only be that the road is very busy and it's difficult to make a left turn there.
    – mkennedy
    May 7, 2022 at 19:10
  • It's right by my house, so I would rather not. There is no no-left-turn sign. It is a busy road and you do sometimes have to wait for a while, so that's probably why.
    – Someone
    May 7, 2022 at 19:12
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    @Someone Yes. The US National Park service have a name for that “death by Google” due to it telling people to go down closed or non-trafficable roads. Google maps always wants me to 7-turn at traffic lights despite that being illegal in my jurisdiction and it will often tell you to go the wrong way down one-way roads.
    – Dale M
    May 7, 2022 at 22:04
  • Note that in California it is illegal to turn left across a double-double yellow line. May 9, 2022 at 20:30

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