Turning right at ‘T’ junctions on a motorcycle (MOD 2 test tips)

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Turning right t-junctions on MOD2 motorcycle test

Slow speed is essential to Turning right at t-junctions

Turning right at T-junctions requires the OSMPSL routine. Slowing down to slow speed is essential to look early into the junction and in both directions. Turning right at a ‘T’ junction can be challenging for novice riders. The examiner will most likely say, “At the end of the road, turn right please”.

On approach give an appropriate signal, position early if possible and slow down using both brakes. At the point where slow control is required, use the rear brake only, as towards the junction the candidate must give way in both directions, whilst dealing with oncoming traffic that may be in close proximity.

“Once the decision is made, look in the direction of travel. Make sure the speed is controlled using the clutch.” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Ongoing rearward observations are required on approach

Whilst being ready to give way to traffic at the junction (unless there is a stop sign), approaching at a slow speed, in the correct gear and with optimum positioning should allow a decision to be made by looking into the junction early and continuing if safe to do so.

Ongoing rearward observations are required on approach to the junction, in case other road users try to under or overtake. If the decision is to stop at the end of the road, a ‘lifesaver’ may be required before moving on.

“Don’t go too close to the white line in the centre of the road.” – Simon Hayes, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Key points to remember:

  • Also known as a ‘right turn – minor to major’
  • Use the OSMPSL routine where possible
  • Position correctly on approach to protect road space
  • Adopt the correct speed and position on approach
  • Always be prepared to stop at the junction
  • Decide a car length from the junction to look forward and stop in first gear behind the white line or to look forward in the direction of travel and ride out
  • Aim slightly to the right at the mouth of the junction
  • When clear, ride out slowly, under control and safely with correct steering control
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