Joining dual carriageways on a motorcycle (MOD 2 test tips)

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Joining dual carriageways - module two motorcycle training

Indicating early communicates intent

‘Slip-lanes’ leading onto dual carriageways allow a rider to match their speed and to merge safely with traffic already on the dual carriageway. Judgement, positioning and maintaining progress, in conjunction with good forward observation, mirror checks and ‘lifesavers’ must be used when joining dual carriageways – to move safely into a gap.

Whilst indicating early communicates intent, giving way to vehicles already on the dual carriageway is still required before a rider can join the nearside lane. A final ‘lifesaver’ before changing lanes is required and as with any other ‘give-way’ junction, if it is not safe to proceed, a rider should stop and reassess the situation (at the very end of the slip lane if possible for safety).

For joining dual carriageways - use LADA

Once on the dual carriageway, riders should cancel signal and accelerate to an appropriate speed.

Key points to remember:

  • Good planning and observation are required
  • Use LADA: Look, Assess, Decide, Act
  • Signal early to join
  • Match speed and find a safe gap to merge into
  • Always give way and if required stop
  • Final ‘lifesaver’ before changing lanes
  • Once joined, cancel signal and get up to a safe speed
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