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Right Approach


Slightly more challenging than turning left, however, the routine is the same, 'M-S-M'.  Firstly on approach, look for signs that may assist you and the hazard lines on the road.  Because we are moving right we need to check our interior mirror, followed by our right door mirror.  Check to see if there are any cars or motorcycles trying to over-take you. 

Then apply the right indicator.

Your position, depending on the width of the road, may need to change.  Drift slightly from the left and get the hazard lines running down the righty flank of the car.  You can use the lines on the ground to help you with this.  The lines should appear close to the bottom right of the windscreen, see photo opposite to help visualise this.

Your speed needs to change too.  Approach speed should be between 10 and 15 mph.  Use the footbrake for this and also change down into 2nd gear.  This will also help with the speed. Make sure you come off the clutch after you have changed gear; otherwise you are coasting and have little control of the vehicle.

Look into the new road, see if there are any pedestrians trying to cross.  If there are, what ever you do, don't wave them across.  See if they have spotted you and if it looks like they are waiting, take your opportunity.

The point of turn for approaching to the right is crucial.  Make sure you do not cut the corner of the new road.  To avoid this, hold off with your turn and wait until the front of the car is level with the hazard lines of the new road.  If you can't visualise this, wait until those lines extend out and hit the top of the right door mirror (photo 1).  Cutting the corner can cause many problems for road users exiting the new road.  When you make your turn, have your right hand high on the steering wheel to give maximum leverage and try your best to get a 90 degree angle into the new road.  If you do it correctly, you will be straight into your new driving position immediately and will impress the examiner immensely.

Start to take the turn off half way round the bend, straighten the wheels on the road, squeeze down on the gas, make some progress and finish with a mirror check.

Things to watch - Position.  It's very tempting to drift from the left the moment you're given instructions to turn right. Make sure you use your mirrors and signal first.  Most roads aren’t wide enough to take up this new position, if it's a narrow road, stay on your side in your normal driving position for making the turn.  Otherwise you'll be driving on the wrong side of the road!

Corner cutting.  Everyone wants the junction over and done with, but don't be too eager to complete it.  This usually leads to drifting out of position, being on the wrong side of the road, cutting the corner and then not being in your normal driving position for several car lengths in the new road.  Remember to be angular with the turn and hold off until the last moment.

Oncoming cars/crossing their path.  When turning right you must consider the cars coming towards you.  The best way to judge if you can go or not is to use your skills and knowledge as a pedestrian.  If you could cross the road walking, then you can drive across.  Remember, you never want to make another car slow down or change direction for you.   If you do have to stop, that's fine.  Stop at your point of turn with straight wheels, just like if you were emerging to the right.

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