Turning left off a road

Aim

  • To legally and safely turn left from a road.

Situation

  • In a 50–60km/h zone.
  • On a two-way road with intersections to the left and right controlled by Stop and/or Give Way signs.

The driver should

    • Check the mirrors (inside and outside).
    • Check their blind spot by looking over their shoulder.
    • Indicate left for at least three seconds before starting to turn.
    • Check the intersection for hazards.
    • Slow the vehicle for the turn, using appropriate gears.
    • Keep the vehicle in the correct position throughout the turn (no less than 1 metre and no more than 2 metres from the kerb).
    • Give way to pedestrians and vehicles if required.
    • Drive at an appropriate speed throughout the turn.
    • Check the mirrors again on completing the turn.
    • After finishing the turn, accelerate to an appropriate speed for the traffic flow.
    • Perform the tasks at least three times.