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45. Traffic lights

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WHAT TO DO ON APPROACH

During your Module Two motorcycle test, you will have to deal with different types of traffic lights.

You must know what the sequence of the lights are, understand filter lights and who has priority, and show the examiner you have good awareness.

You must have good vision and planning at traffic lights, as people do not alway observe the rules and stop at red lights.

When you are turning right, you will need to carry out a lifesaver before you start the turn.

CYCLE LANES

Some traffic lights have cycle lanes on approach and also at the stop line.

You must know what the rules are regarding cyclists and where you must stop if they are present.

Cyclists may arrive at any time if you are stationary and you must look out for them.

SINGLE OR DOUBLE LANE

You could encounter traffic lights with single or double lanes on approach.

Where there are road markings you will have to adhere to specific rules for local traffic lights.

Use the lane that is designated for the direction of travel and where possible stay in the centre of your chosen lane to prevent other road users squeezing past in the same lane.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Examiners look for good observation and planning when approaching traffic lights.

If they are green as you approach they may change before you arrive, anticipation is required to deal with the traffic lights safely. 

You will need to be ready to slow down and gear change on approach to demonstrate that you are aware of the situation and can read the road ahead to anticipate not stopping if the lights have been on red for some time.

BOX JUNCTIONS ARE COMMON

Sometimes there will be a box junction in the middle of the traffic lights. There are also local junction variations that will be covered during training.

You should bok some professional guidance with your local training school, as they will familiarise you with local roads and possible test route junctions.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER - Traffic lights

  • Always look well ahead
  • Anticipate the lights changing
  • Use good rear observations at all times
  • Position in the centre of the lane
  • Stop behind the solid white line
  • A lifesaver is often required when turning at traffic lights
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