What is a shared center lane?
Shared center lanes are designed to allow vehicles traveling in both directions to make a left turn. They are marked by solid and dashed yellow lines.
Is it legal to back up a vehicle on the road?
No. Unless a driver is parallel parking, it is illegal to drive a car backwards on any roadway.
If more than one vehicle arrives at an intersection at the same time, who has the right of way?
The vehicle on the right always has the right of way.
What is the speed limit in speed zones?
Drivers may not exceed 15 miles per hour when driving through a school zone.
What is the speed limit on rural interstate highways?
Drivers may not exceed 75 miles per hour on rural interstate highways unless signs indicate otherwise.
How close to a stop sign may be a vehicle be parked?
Vehicles may not be parked within 30 feet of a stop sign.
How close to the curb must a parallel parked vehicle be?
The front and rear wheels of a vehicle must be no further than 18 inches from the curb.
What does a curb painted blue indicate?
Blue painted curbs mean only those with handicap permits can park there.
What does a curb painted white indicate?
Curbs painted white mean vehicles may only stop there briefly.
How good must a driver’s vision be in order to legally drive?
New Mexico drivers must have 20/40 vision in at least one way. Corrective lenses are allowed.
Are motorcycle drivers required to wear a helmet?
No. Only motorcycle drivers under the age of 18 are legally required to wear a helmet.
What does a green arrow traffic light mean?
Green arrows indicate it is safe to make a protected turn without fear of oncoming traffic.
What does a yellow arrow traffic light mean?
A yellow arrow traffic light indicates that the protected turn is about to end. Drivers may still be able to turn if no oncoming traffic is visible.
What does an x-shaped sign indicate?
X-shaped signs are posted in front of railroad crossings and require drivers to yield and make sure no trains are approaching before proceeding.
Is it legal to stop in an intersection?
No. Drivers may not stop at any time in an intersection. An intersection cannot be entered unless the driver can proceed all the way through.
Does a green traffic light automatically give drivers the right of way?
No. All drivers must yield to oncoming traffic or pedestrians whether or not they have a green light.
How far in advance should a turn be signaled?
Drivers who intend to turn should turn on their signal light or use the appropriate hand sign at least 100 feet in advance.
How much should drivers reduce their speed on a wet road?
Drivers should slow down by about 10 miles per hour from their normal speed in rainy conditions.