Intersections – Turning Left

January 30, 2017 at 3:29 PM


Turning left at intersections is easier than turning right. That’s because you don’t need to cross over a lane of traffic and the number of vehicles you need to give way to are fewer. However, you’ll have to give way if the car opposite yours is at a Give Way sign and you are at a Stop Sign – even if they are turning right.

When approaching the intersection follow these steps: check your mirrors; signal left; plan your course; slow down; change to the appropriate gear (for manual vehicles); and assess your surrounding keenly.

Once you’ve followed all these steps, do another quick check before turning:

  • Check your blind spot and mirrors for cyclists on your inside.
  • Check again for approaching traffic on your right as there could be a bike or car that you missed. If you are not sure, wait until you are.
  • Check around the corner you’re taking to ensure it’s clear.

Once you take the turn, increase your speed smoothly to match that of the cars around you.

Category: Driving Techniques