Leaving dual carriageways

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Leaving dual carriageways module two motorcycle test

Riders must use good forward observation

Leaving a dual carriageway usually happens via a slip-lane, which will normally be long enough to allow safe deceleration from higher speeds. Riders must use good forward observation, judgement, positioning and early indication to inform other road users (in good time) that they intend to leave the dual carriageway.

Avoid slowing down on the dual carriageway

Where possible, do not slow down on the dual carriageway (this is what the slip lane is for). Keep an eye in the mirrors to see what the traffic flow is like behind, move across into the slip lane as early as possible, cancel signal and then slow down using the slip-lane to deal with the possible corner and junction ahead.

Key points to remember:

  • Look and plan well ahead
  • Signal early to warn following vehicles
  • Avoid slowing down on the dual carriageway
  • Cancel signal after moving into the slip lane
  • Use both brakes to slow down

“Slow down on the dual carriageway if there is a short slip lane or there are adverse weather conditions” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

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