Don't Turn Left: Use the Diverging Diamond

Left Turn Sign

Left turns are one of the leading causes (if not the leading cause) of motor vehicle collisions. I have previously written Tips to Reduce Intersection Collisions so this conversation on NPR Talk of the Nation Hate Left Turns? Take a Diverging Route, caught my ear and led me to a article: Don’t Turn Left.

The article features a Diverging Diamond in Missouri that I have driven through. At first I was a little confused, but by paying attention to the signs and signals I was able to easily determine my path through the intersection.

Is there a diverging diamond in your community? How about round abouts?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.