A flush median is a section (about one-car width wide) in the middle of a main road that has diagonal stripes painted on it. Flush medians give you a safe place to stop while waiting for a gap in the traffic when you want to turn onto or right off the main road. Other than for these purposes, flush medians are generally not meant for driving on.
Turning off a main road using a flush median
You’ll need to follow these steps when you want to use a flush median to turn off a road:
- Plan for the turn as you approach, think about where you want your car to be positioned on the flush median.
- Get into the right lane if you’re on a multilane road.
- Once you’re on the flush median, brake and signal right.
- Wait for a gap and cross when it’s safe.
Turning onto a main road using a flush median
When turning onto a main road, you can use a flush median to wait for a gap if the traffic in the lane furthest to you is heavy. Once you get on the flush median:
- Check your mirror and do a shoulder check.
- Signal left
- Wait for a safe gap
- Do another shoulder check
- Accelerate and merge.