You are turning right at traffic signals showing a red arrow pointing to the right. What should you do? You are turning right at traffic signals showing a red arrow pointing to the right. What should you do?

  • A. Stop until you receive a green arrow, then proceed if it's safe to go

  • B. Stop until the red arrow disappears and you get a green traffic light, then proceed with the Give Way rules

  • C. Both a and b are correct

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    The correct answer is C
     
    Correct. You can turn right on a green light without a green arrow as long as you observe the give way rules and there are no other signs prohibiting you from turning.
     
 
 
 

Red traffic light arrow

If you are turning right at traffic signals showing a red arrow pointing to the right, stop until you get a green arrow, then proceed if it's safe to go, or stop until the red arrow disappears and you get a green traffic light, then proceed with the Give Way rules.

Intersections which are busy, have fast-moving traffic, have two or more lanes in either direction or have restricted visibility are more likely to have a red turning arrow to prevent drivers from making ill-judged decisions. It also allows for right-turning traffic to definitely turn and, with the use of sensors in the road (a magnetic induction loop), means that the turn signal only needs to be activated when there are vehicles waiting if there is a dedicated right-turn lane or bay.

The green turn arrow is almost always activated in a phase before the main green light, especially if there is opposing traffic that also wants to turn right. There are exceptions, though.

A green arrow will not be activated if there is a pedestrian crossing phase at the same time. It's more likely that the red arrow will stay on enough time for pedestrians to start crossing, and then be extinguished. Vehicles can then turn using the give way rules.