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15 / 04 / 24

Mastering the Right Turn Using the MSPSL Routine and LADA

Turning right from a major road onto a minor road might seem like a routine manoeuvre, but it requires careful attention to safety and proper technique. In this guide, we will explore the MSPSL routine, gear selection, the “if you can walk across” rule, and other essential factors to master this manoeuvre, with a focus on the LADA approach – LOOK, ASSESS, DECIDE, ACT.

MSPSL Routine: MSPSL stands for Mirrors, Signal, Position, Speed, and Look. Before making a right turn, check your mirrors for any vehicles behind you, signal your intention to turn right, position your vehicle correctly in the lane, adjust your speed appropriately, and finally, look into the side road to ensure it is safe to proceed.

Gear Selection: The gear you select depends on whether you can go or have to give way. If the road is clear and you can proceed without stopping, you can normally select gear 2 as you slow down. However, if you need to give way to oncoming traffic or pedestrians, prepare to slow down and select an appropriate gear, typically first gear. Smooth gear changes are essential to maintain control of your vehicle during the manoeuvre.

LADA Approach: LADA stands for Look, Assess, Decide, Act. When approaching the side road, take a moment to look into it to assess the situation. Look for any oncoming vehicles, cyclists, or pedestrians that may affect your turn. Assess the speed and distance of any approaching vehicles to determine whether you need to give way or if you have enough time to make the turn safely. Decide on the appropriate course of action based on your assessment, and then act accordingly.

“If You Can Walk Across” Rule

A useful rule of thumb to follow is the “if you can walk across” rule. If it is safe for a pedestrian to walk across the side road, it is generally safe for you to drive across it. However, always exercise caution and ensure there are no approaching vehicles or hazards before proceeding.

Standard Positioning and Pocket Filter Lanes: When preparing to turn right, position your vehicle towards the right-hand side of your lane, allowing enough space for vehicles to pass you on your left if necessary. Avoid hugging the curb too closely, as this can increase the risk of collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. If there is a pocket filter lane available, use it to wait for a safe gap in traffic before making your turn. Remember to yield to pedestrians and cyclists using the crossing.

Conclusion: Turning right from a major road to a minor road requires attention to detail and adherence to proper technique. By following the MSPSL routine, selecting the appropriate gear, applying the LADA approach, positioning your vehicle correctly, and understanding the “if you can walk across” rule, you can navigate this manoeuvre safely and confidently. Remember, safety should always be your top priority on the road.

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