Florida Traffic Laws – What Are the Rules for Driving in the Right Side of Roadway (Right Lane) and Exceptions to the Rules?

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Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.081 – Driving on Right Side of Roadway; Exceptions, all Florida vehicles must be driven on the right half of Florida roadways.
The following are exceptions to the rule: A car does not have to be on the right half of the roadway:
1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
2. When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway. Any person doing so shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction.
3. When driving upon a roadway divided into 3 marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or
4. When traveling upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic.
– Any vehicle traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway. F.S. sec. 316.081(2).
– Upon any roadway having 4 or more lanes for moving traffic and providing for two-way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of the centerline of the roadway. Exception(s): When authorized by official traffic control devices designating certain lanes to the left side of the center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to travel in such lanes. F.S. sec. 316.081(3).

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