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To pass a road test and be the best driver on the road, there are many tricks you have to learn. Making left and right turns are just some of the first things you need to master. Many driving students have trouble making left and right turns. But it’s not that difficult.

There are potential hazards as you maneuver the car around a turn, and the examiner will be keen to check how correctly you adhere to the turning procedure to avoid these hazards.

For instance, the examiner would want to see how you position yourself as you prepare to make the turns and how you fall in after making the right or left turn. The driving test involves several right and left turns, so you cannot get away with failing to learn how to do it correctly.

In this article, we’ll explain how to make a left or right turn. if you’re in a hurry, watch out this video that demonstrates making a left and right turn.

Basic Things to Do before Making a Left or Right Turn

Before you make a left or right turn, you should:

Hazards During Left or Right Turns

Whichever road test location you go to for your test will have its own type of hazards. Your road test could be in a quiet residential street, but even such a place has its hazards. An approaching cyclist or a pedestrian initially unseen could suddenly come to view, prompting you to pull an emergency brake.

A test through the countryside will also come with its particular hazards during a turn. If you are to make a turn while driving through a dual carriageway, it may be hard to judge the speed of an oncoming vehicle as you prepare to turn.

Places to Prepare for the Left or Right Turns

As the road test day draws close, you should be preparing for it. Start by practicing on quiet residential streets where the traffic is light. It would help if you only practiced on busier roads once you are used to light traffic roads.

 Making a Left Turn

Turning left is much easier than making a right turn. If you are making a turn in a two-way traffic road, you should immediately get in the lane to the right of the centerline, or the lane meant for left turns. You should avoid crossing the centerline when you are at the intersection.

After completing your turn, please stick to your lane until it is safe to change lanes.

You should:

Making a Right Turn

Making a right turn is almost like making a left turn, but there are differences. First, you should be on the lane designated for right turns or at least be on the right-hand lane. Once you have made the turn, remain in the right lane until you are safely away from the intersection.

Here is the procedure from start to finish:


Note that you should first check whether or not right or left turns are allowed from other lanes when you are on multi-lane roads. Check the arrows painted on the road for indications.

You can only get to understand all these and many more if you get trained by competent instructors. At Pierre Paul Driving School, we take pride in the fact that we equip our students with all the necessary skills they need to become the best drivers within and outside New York City.