SAMPLE PLANNER – APPROACHING JUNCTIONS TO TURN LEFT

This lesson will help you learn how to approach major to minor, 8-car plan, open or closed junctions, to turn left.

Q: How do I safely turn my car left into a new road?​

A: You must first gain the knowledge and understanding of who has priority on the road you are on. In this situation, this is called major to minor.

Watching the videos below, you will gain a great understanding of how the road works and who has priority, keeping all road users and pedestrians safe. You will also be shown how to plan your approach in a calm and organised manner, as well as learning about mirror checking, braking, points of turn, full-lock steering and observation skills.

Video –  Approaching junctions to turn left – closed view

Video – Approaching junctions to turn left – open view

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Video –  Approaching junctions to turn left – hazardous situation

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1. This junction to our left is open.

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2.  We are 4-car lengths away from the junction, it is time to assess what speed (and gear) is required.
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3. We are 8-car lengths from our junction, it is time to start your planned approach.
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4. This junction is closed as the vehicle on the left is blocking our entry.
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5. This junction is closed on both sides, vehicles leaving this road will be positioned in the middle.

 

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6. Point of turn – left wing mirror, in line with edge of kerb.

Tips

  • Always give yourself enough time to plan your junction.
  • Please make the best use of your mirrors to see what is around you at all times.
  • Always make your decisions early by looking at junctions for road markings, parked cars, any pedestrians and where they may be intending to cross.

Dangers

  • Not giving yourself enough time on approach will lead to panic and subsequent mistakes, that could lead to accidents.
  • Not signalling at the right time will mislead other road users.
  • Braking too hard or too late may lead to a loss of control of your vehicle and can impact on vehicles around you.

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