Learn to drive training course

Turning into a Side Road

TURNING INTO A SIDE ROAD

when turning into a side road THINK & ASSESS THE JUNCTION LOOKING FOR ROAD SIGNS, MARKINGS AND POSSIBLE PROBLEMS

MIRRORS

Main mirror and side mirror to check the speed and position of traffic behind you.  (HC 161)

SIGNALS

Timing! – Show what your intentions are clearly (HC 103)

MANOEUVRE  for the turning into a side road exercise

Commence Manoeuvre.

POSITION

Turning left –        well to left                              (HC 182)

Turning right –      left of centre wheels straight    (HC 179 – 181)

One way Systems, Lane discipline, Road markings

Practice knowing position of car in road being aware of what is about considering road conditions.

SPEED (HC 122)

Not too fast or too slow on approach.

Use brakes to slow

GEAR

If you are not sure what speed to deal with a corner, try to brake down to a fast walking speed say 10 – 15 mph and get the car into 2nd Gear with the clutch up 2 cars length before the junction.

Remember to slow using the brakes then select the appropriate gear depending on the speed you want to turn the corner in and have the clutch up Do Not Ride the Clutch Coasting. No more than 2 – 3 car lengths when turning into a side road

Try practicing slowing down and stopping, from different speed to find how much you need to brake and getting the right gear so you can pull away safely,

Your slowest speed should be at the point of turn. Stop if necessary. Giving priority to pedestrians already crossing.

Try not to be pressured into rushing into a manoeuvre by other traffic or circumstances.

LOOK (HC 221)

Check the main mirror, and the relevant side mirror, to see if it is still safe. THINK, “What do you assume is around the corner?” Look around as you approach the junction for pedestrians, cyclists, cars or any obstructions hiding dangers. Be prepared to give way to other road users who might have priority over you. Look into the junction for obstruction that could hide other road users that might cause you problems as you turn.

When in the new road & it is safe make another mirror check to see if anything has followed you in?

RIGHT HAND CORNER CUT

Avoid wherever possible.  Know the dangers.

Do you know when to turn?

Do you know why cutting the corner with your Front or Back Wheels can be dangerous

CROSSING APPROACHING TRAFFIC

Guide to how to judge when to cross.  Questions to answer

How fast is the oncoming traffic, is there a gap big enough to use?     (HC 179 – 181)

How far away are they? Is it safe to enter the new road, is there an obstruction that could it be hiding a problem?

As you approach any junction you will be taught MSPSL. However as you approach there is also something else to consider, as you go through this procedure. You will need to consider Looking & Assessing how much you will need to turn, Decide when to turn, Act on the changing situations. This is called the LADA procedure and helps to make a Safer Driver

QUEUING                       

Be prepared to stop leave at least “Tyres & tarmac” providing room for vehicles ahead rolling back and an escape route for you. Leave a safety space.

Consider the use of the handbrake if waiting for any length of time. If you have been stationary for any time remember to give a blindspot check before moving looking for the Motorbike or Cyclist coming up the side of your car. turning into a side road

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