A U-turn is turning your vehicle around in the street to go back the way you came. To make a U-turn, signal and use the far left lane or the center left turn lane. You may make a legal U-turn:

  • Across a double yellow line when it is safe and legal.
  • In a residential district:
  • If there are no vehicles approaching you within 200 feet.
  • Whenever a traffic sign, light, or signal protects you from approaching vehicles.
  • At an intersection on a green light or green arrow, unless a "No Uturn" sign is posted.
  • On a divided highway, only if an opening is provided in the center divider.

Approaching from behind? Or approaching from front ? Over the crossroad for example.

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Approaching here is used quite simply in its most common sense:

to move or become near or nearer to something or someone www.m-w.com

Since no direction is specified in the example sentences, it does not matter what direction you are being approached from; behind, in front, or from a crossing road at a 58-degree angle clockwise and a 10-degree downslope. If anybody is approaching you from anywhere, and they are less than 200 feet away, you must not make a U-turn.

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