How do I turn left from a major to minor road?

Objectives: You should be able to identify a minor road on the left or right. On the approach to the minor road use the MSPSL routine keeping the car under control and do it with due regard and safety for other road users.

Turning Left From a Major to Minor Road

On the approach, LOOK out for signs and road Markings.

Look out for cars exiting and entering, big gaps between buildings and warning triangles letting you know a minor road is on the approach.


M: Check your interior and left door mirror when turning left. Look out for anything following close behind and emerging on your left when you slow down – like cyclists.
S: Make sure you signal in good time, so it benefits other road users. Be careful of signalling before the road you actually want.
P: If you’re driving on quite a wide road, then adjust your position to the left, about 1-2 drain widths from the kerb. If your on a narrow road, then maintain your normal driving position.
S: Brake gradually, until you have reduced your speed to around 10mph. Once your speed is down or before the car judders/engine revs become lower, then select 2nd gear. Try to bring the clutch back up before turning into the new road to avoid coasting. Sometimes the corner may be very tight or you may have to slow down more for vehicles crossing your path – so be prepared to drop down to 1st gear if your speed goes below 5mph.
Always look ahead and into the road you are going to turn into in good time. You have priority over vehicles wanting to turn right. Always check to see if other vehicles ahead are slowing down to give way to you turning first- if not, you may need to hold back.

turning left how-to

Common Faults:
Turning too late or too early: When turning left, as you approach the corner, use the tax disc in the corner of your car window and keep it on the kerb but not over. When turning right, use your right door mirror- when that looks like it’s in line with the white centre lines in the new road- start turning right.
Steering too slow or crossing hands: Try using a circular dinner plate to practice the pull and push method. Steering from top to bottom. Remember if you are turning right, then your left hand must let go. When you practice, both hands should look like they are mirroring each other.
Wrong gear going into the junction: The MSPSL routine should be done in good time. Once you know the corner your turning into, try touching the gear lever briefly with your hand (do not look down though). By finding out what gear you are in early can then help you determine what gear you want on the approach.

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