The most common junctions are 'T' junctions
This manoeuvre is also referred to as ‘left turn – minor to major road’. The most common junctions for learner riders to negotiate are ‘T’ junctions and side roads. In all cases the OSMPSL routine is key to safely preparing to navigate a junction. Riders should slow down in plenty of time and look early ‘into’ the junction, ensuring optimum road position – ready to stop or ride forward.
Once at the junction be aware of impatient road users
Turning left at a ‘T’ junction (also known as left turn – minor to major), whilst one of the easiest junctions, does have a few risk factors to consider. On approach, riders will normally need to position slightly left – in the left wheel track (where the left hand wheel of a car would generally be), but be aware of road surface hazards, parked vehicles and pedestrians. Be vigilant and look out for overtaking traffic by using ongoing mirror checks as required. Once at the junction be aware of impatient road users trying to overtake.
Turning left at a ‘T’ junction - top tips
- Also known as a ‘left turn – minor to major’
- Use the OSMPSL routine on approach
- Ensure position is correct and protect road space
- Make sure of correct speed on approach
- Always be ready to stop at the junction
- Decide a car length away from the junction to either look forward and stop in first gear behind the white line or to look forward, in the direction of travel and ride on
- Follow kerb line around at the junction for good position
- When safe, go out of the junction slowly and under control
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