Turning left into side roads

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Turning left into side roads on the Module Two bike test

Be vigilant of overtaking traffic, as other vehicles may try to pass

Turning left into side roads is considered a relatively easy junction for novice riders. Candidates must use the OSMPSL routine, reduce speed in plenty of time, adopting the correct road position and looking early into the junction to assess all hazards. The Module Two examiner is likely to say, “take the next road on the left please.”

For turning left into side roads, riders will normally position slightly left of centre (in the left wheel track), but need to be aware of road surface hazards i.e. drain covers, leaves, loose gravel and parked vehicles. Maintain good rearward observations and be vigilant of overtaking traffic, as other vehicles may try to pass.

Instructors local road knowledge on certain test routes is essential

An alternative position is to stay in the centre of the lane and to dominate the road on approach to the junction. Local motorcycle training providers will have their own views on correct junction position and their advice should be sought. Instructors local road knowledge on certain test routes is essential when dealing with obscure junctions.

Key points to remember:

  • Also, known as ‘left-turn – major-to-minor’
  • Ensure correct position and protect road space
  • Adopt the correct speed on approach
  • Follow kerb line around at the junction for good position
  • Do not accelerate too early to avoid drifting wide

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