In my first blog on Nevada driving laws, I outlined laws regarding headlights, seat belts, child safety seats, helmets and unattended children.  Now I will go over some of the Nevada driving laws that when ignored, are the most typical causes of auto accidents and also some of the most misunderstood laws.  The information is found in the Nevada Drivers Handbook, which can be found at

Following Distance

The rear-end collision is the number one type of crash in Nevada.  To avoid being the cause of a fender-bender, stay behind other vehicles by at least 2 seconds, if you are driving 40 mph or less.  However, most driving instructors recommend up to 4 seconds.  As your speed increases, so should the amount of space between you and the driver in front of you. For example, if you are traveling at 55 mph, you would need almost 7 seconds to stop with perfect brakes and ideal road conditions. At high speeds, or in weather conditions when streets and roads become slippery or visibility is reduced, increase your following distance.


To make safe and legal turns, make sure you are in the correct lane well ahead of time.  Look ahead, behind and to each side of your vehicle.  Signal your turn at least 100 feet ahead on city streets and 300 feet on open highways.  Watch for and obey traffic signals, signs and pavement markings that direct your movement.  Allow time and space to make your turn safely.  Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic.  When turning, be especially aware of pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as other vehicles. Before making your turn, look one more time in each direction.

4-Way Stops

At a 4-way stop, you must wait for vehicles within the intersection, and for those who reach the intersection before you do, to go first.

Yellow Lights

At a yellow light, if you have not entered the intersection, you must stop. If you are already in the intersection, continue moving and clear it safely. NEVER speed up to “beat the light.”


As you come upon a roundabout, choose which lane you will use, yield to those in the roundabout and wait for a gap in the traffic before entering.  The left lane is for turning left, completing a u-turn or going straight.  The right lane is for turning right or going straight.  Never change lanes. If you are in the inside lane and miss your exit, you must continue around until you reach the exit again.  Use your right turn signal when exiting.

Center Lanes

You may enter a center lane only to make a left turn onto or from the highway.  You may not travel more than 200 feet in a center turn lane before making a left-hand turn and you may not travel more then 50 feet in a center lane after making a left-hand turn onto the highway before merging with traffic.

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