There is an intersection with a traffic light where I live in Golden, Colorado. You can turn both left and right at the light, in addition to proceeding straight.

The road is wide and traffic naturally forms two lanes: left-turners take the left lane and right-turners take the right. That said, the road does not have any formal lines, painted lane indicators, or signs marking the proper lanes for travel.

There have been many times when both I and the driver in the “lane” next to me attempt to go straight despite the road on the other side not being quite wide enough for two cars to pass through at the same time.

To me, taking position in the left “lane” feels correct as I’m not blocking others in the right who wish to turn right on red. I have seen both left-turn-only and right-turn-only lanes at other intersections where only two lanes exist.

Are there any laws or unwritten practices that would dictate proper lane use?

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  • I would say that "keep right" takes precedence over not blocking the road for those who might want to turn red on right, but we don't have a "turn right on red"-rule in Denmark and I never got a driver's license. – Henrik Nov 4 '17 at 16:54
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because what does this have to do with travel? – chx Nov 4 '17 at 17:06
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    @chx Is driving not travel? – Brian Nov 4 '17 at 17:09
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    Please post a link to that intersection on Google Maps. Voting as unclear until then. – JonathanReez Nov 4 '17 at 18:20
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    The question is perfectly clear. There are plenty of driving question on TSE. – Johns-305 Nov 4 '17 at 18:26