Turning right into side roads on a motorcycle (MOD 2 test tips)

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Turning right into side roads on MOD2 test

A lifesaver is imperative to rider safety

Turning right into a side road can be a difficult turn for novice riders. The required position is to the right of the lane, close to the centre of the road. Candidates must also give way to oncoming traffic, along with rearward observations to check for road users who want to overtake or undertake.

The OSMPSL routine is required, along with slow control in the final approach and looking early into the junction. Candidates must signal at the appropriate time, adopt the correct speed and gear, put the bike in the correct position and ensure good all round observations on approach.

“A lifesaver is imperative to rider safety before turning right across a carriageway, the right ‘lifesaver’ must be correctly timed.” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Use the clutch to control the speed and ensure smooth delivery of power

All hazards must be considered i.e. the road surface, drain covers, parked vehicles and pedestrians. When near to the junction and it is clear, do a right ‘lifesaver’ at around two car lengths from the turn. This gives time to look forward, assess the road ahead, whilst there is still enough space to either turn safely or stop. If stopping, another ‘lifesaver’ is required before continuing.

“Use the clutch to control the speed and ensure smooth delivery of power.” – Simon Hayes, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Key points to remember:

  • Known as ‘right turn – major to minor’
  • Use the OSMPSL routine
  • Ensure correct position on approach to protect road space
  • Maintain the correct speed on approach
  • Always be prepared to stop
  • Lifesaver before committing to right turn
  • Take time and do not rush
  • Avoid cutting the corner or turning late and ‘swan-necking’*
  • When safe, make the turn – under control and safely

* Check with local motorcycle trainer for definition of ‘swan-necking’ and the ‘right corner cut’ to understand the problems it can cause.

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