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Learn how to correctly turn left at complex intersections.

Steps To Turn Left Safely & Pass Your Driver's Test


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- For new drivers, if you're going to crash, the highest probability of crashing is executing a left-hand turn, 'cause most of the time, you misjudge the gap.

When preparing for a driver's test, it's the most complicated and complex maneuver that you have to learn.

When turning left, don't blindly follow other driver. Be sure that you know there's sufficient gap to make the turn safely.

Today, we're going to do tips and strategies to pass your driver's test and execute your left-hand turns correctly.

Stick around.

We'll be right back with that information.

Get In IT As Soon As It Starts

Many left-hand turns at traffic lights are going to have turning lanes.

Do not drive over the painted island for the purposes of your driver's test.

You will either incur severe demerits or you will outright fail your driver's test.

No oncoming traffic, left lane to left lane.

Turn right into the left lane.

We're going to stay in this lane, because we're going to turn left at the next complex intersection here.

That left turn actually went swimmingly and it wasn't what I wanted to show you at all.

To make a left turn safely, you MUST shoulder check to the left to ensure that the way is clear.

Signaling, mirror signal shoulder check.

Make sure you shoulder check on your left turns and we're stopping before the stop line at the complex intersection.

The Advanced Green Light

This intersection has an advanced left.

Left turn mirror signal shoulder check, shoulder checking again into the turning lane and you can see that front car is actually over the stop line.

Yes, stop Behind the STOP line.

You want to stop behind the stop line, because of the left turning traffic on the cross street.

If you're over that cross-line, there's a good chance that they could take your front end off, especially if it's a big truck.

K, we're proceeding straight.

When waiting in traffic, stop back so that you can see the tires of the vehicle in front making clear contact with the pavement.

When we're in line with the side street here, we turn.

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Seeing & Looking Will Keep You Safe

- Mirror signal shoulder check, approximately half a block before the turn.

Stopping before the stop line just rolls under the front of the car.

That's when you bring the vehicle to a stop.

We can't see past the vehicle.

At some intersections, you're going to do the

The Jig-Jog – to see around big vehicle on the other side

We do the little jig jog, stick our nose out and make sure that there isn't oncoming traffic before you proceed around the corner and that's where you're going to get into trouble.

You're just going to go and you're not going to know for sure whether the oncoming traffic is in fact stopped or there isn't any or you're going to misjudge the gap when you're making a left-hand turn.

There's going to be times like this you can't get into the turning lane because the traffic's backed up.

You're going to have to wait until the traffic moves forward.

We move forward.

Meeting the Gap & Going On the Yellow

We put our front steer tires in the front crosswalk line and we're probably going to have to go on the yellow.

Before proceeding with your left turn on a yellow light, double and triple check that oncoming traffic is indeed stopping.

So we move straight into the intersection, double triple check that the oncoming traffic has come to a stop.

And then we expediently clear the intersection.

And when you're moving straight forward into the intersection, that's when you're checking the oncoming traffic.

Double triple check and make sure that they're coming to a stop and again, you can see the car in front of us is over the stop line.

If you do that on a driver's test, you will accumulate severe demerits, if not outright fail.

If you block a left-turning vehicle on the cross street there.

So, know that you can't do what that car in front of you is doing.

You’ll get driven Into by oncoming traffic.

As well, they're angled to the left.

If they get rear ended, they're going to be driven into oncoming traffic.

Wait to make your turn with the front steer tires on the front crosswalk line. That way you're committed to the intersection, but not in the intersection.

So, straight and then turn when you're in line with the, as soon as the edge of the street, that's for two lanes.

So, it's going to be one lane before where you're going to turn is where you're going to start turning left.

So, approximately half a block before the turn, mirror signal shoulder check.

There's no oncoming traffic.

When you’re in line with the lane or road immediately before, start turning.

Right here at the edge of the road, we turn.

For beginner drivers, start turning left one lane before the lane you're going to turn into.

Mirror signal shoulder check, mirror signal shoulder check, into the turning lane and stop in the queue, so we can see the tires making clear contact with the pavement in front.

Put our signal back on, because it canceled.

It came off and you're going to have to watch for that to make sure that your signal stays on.

And here, we turn at the beginning of the first lane into which we're going to turn.

Come around the corner, signal on, mirror signal shoulder check and we move over into the other lane after that intersection.

Move Back to the Right On Multi-Lane Roads

Keep your signal all the way on all the way into the lane when you change lanes.

I was a little premature there.

I turned it off like one flash before I should have and we're going to make a left.

The examiners told us to turn left to the next controlled intersection.

On roads with left multi-turning lanes, stay in the outside lane.

So, we're going to stay in the left-hand lane.

We're not going to move over to the right after turning left.

Turning Left With Multi-Turning Lanes

And again, when we're in line with the lane before the lane we're going to turn into, that's when we start turning the vehicle and here at this intersection, we're going to turn left on a multi-lane.

There's two turning lanes to the left.

We want to be in the right hand, the outside turning lane.

That way we get around the corner, we're going to be in the right-hand lane, which is the lane that you need to be in to drive for the purposes of your driver's test.

And I'll put a card up in the corner for you on turning on multi-lanes such as this one here and that'll help you out.

Left-hand turns.

Don't drive over painted islands, get in the turning lane as soon as it starts.

Be sure to position your vehicle behind the STOP line so that you don't get struck by turning traffic from the cross-street.

If you're waiting, front steer tires in the front crosswalk line when you see your gap or the light turns yellow, start moving straight into the intersection make sure your gap is sufficient or the oncoming traffic has come to a stop.

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Have a great day

- Bye now.


Crazy day.

People just like walking around, walking across the road, not even looking.

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