Junctions & overtaking (Module Two)

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motorcycle junction & overtaking guide

With over 250 DVSA test centres around the UK, there are an incalculable number of different motorcycle test route scenarios. Whilst each will have it’s own characteristics and uniqueness – in respect of junctions and overtaking, the possible riding scenarios encountered on test are less diverse. This motorcycle junction & overtaking guide is intended to simplify novice rider understanding of what is required. Each junction type has specific rules, safety considerations and level of difficulty to novice riders. The same holds true for the types of overtake that may be encountered. Professional motorcycle training is vital for test candidates to become familiar and competent with locally encountered junctions and traffic conditions. The following motorcycle junction & overtaking guide is intended to compliment local motorcycle training.

Joining carriageways

Joining dual carriageways motorcycle training
Joining dual carriageways safely requires effective use of LADA (look, assess, decide, act), along with good planning & observations. [more]

Overtaking (large)

Overtaking large vehicles on a motorcycle
Important safety considerations for motorcycle riders overtaking large vehicles include downdrafts & mirror position. [more]

One-way streets (right)

One-way streets turning right on a motorcycle
An issue for those who do not understand one-way street signs & road markings. Bikers should read the Highway Code! [more]

Left at 'T' junctions

Turning left at 'T' junctions on a motorcycle
With left turn minor to major, specific safety considerations relate to road surface & being vigilant for overtaking traffic.  [more]

Straight at roundabouts

Riding straight on at roundabouts on a motorcycle
Key things to understand with roundabouts are ‘point of no return’ & over which shoulder to carry out a lifesaver. [more]

Leaving carriageways

Leaving dual carriageways
Safely leaving dual carriageways requires good forward observation, judgement, positioning & early indication. [more]

Overtaking (multiple)

Overtaking multiple vehicles on a motorcycle
Special safety considerations when overtaking multiple vehicles include rearward observations & identifying a return point. [more]

Left into side roads

Turning left into side roads on a motorcycle
These particular junctions are an example of why local instructor knowledge is so valuable. Get local MOD 2 training! [more]

Right at 'T' junctions

Turning right at 'T' junctions on a motorcycle
This junction can be challenge for MOD 2 candidates & requires lots of practice & professional instruction. [more]

Right at roundabouts

Turning right at roundabouts on a motorcycle
Turning right at roundabouts can be a challenging junction for novice riders. Practice and instruction is essential. [more]

Overtaking (single)

Overtaking single vehicles
Overtaking single vehicles, riders must use effective observations, lifesavers and should not remain in the overtaking lane. [more]

One-way streets (left)

One-way streets turning left on a motorcycle
One-way streets require a good understanding of the highway code and effective use of the OSMPSL routine. [more]

Right into side roads


Turning right into a side road can be a difficult junction for novice riders to navigate. Professional motorcycle training is vital. [more]

Left at roundabouts

Turning left at roundabouts on a motorcycle
Turning left at roundabouts is similar to turning left at a regular junction. It is a relatively easy junction to master. [more]

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