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Turning right into a side road can be a difficult turn for new riders.
The best position is to the right hand side of your lane, close to the centre of the road. You must give way to oncoming traffic and be aware of what’s behind with good observations for overtaking traffic. There is also a need to keep an eye on the left hand side for vehicles undertaking while you are slowing down or stationary.
You will be required to use the OSMPSL routine on approach, along with slow control on the final approach to the junction. You must signal at the appropriate time, move the bike into the correct position and slow down to the correct speed.
It is important to have the correct gear as you may be able to make the turn if it is safe but always be prepared to stop. Good all round observations will keep you safe on approach.
You must be aware of hazards as you approach junctions, consider vehicles pulling out from the side road in front of you. Also be aware of the road surface problems or oncoming traffic as you move towards the centre of the road. Once you have moved to the right you should avoid drifting back to the left, as traffic may be undertaking you.
Keep an eye on the road surface, looking out for drain covers, parked vehicles and pedestrians. When near to the junction and it is clear, carry out a right lifesaver around two car lengths from the turn.
This gives you time to look forward, assess the road ahead and if it is clear make the turn into the side road. If it is not clear you must bring the machine to a halt and before moving off do another lifesaver before continuing.
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