The Dummies’ Guide on How to Properly Make a Right Turn
Written By: Sean
November 6, 2015
Turning is one of the basics of driving. In fact, anyone, regardless of driving knowledge and expertise in exhaust systems and other car parts, can make their ride turn! Well, if that is the case, then why are we even talking about such a simple topic? That’s because everyone can make a car turn right, but not everyone can make a right turn. And even fewer people know how to make a right turn the right way!
But don’t worry; properly making a right turn can be done easily. Just follow these tips and you’ll soon be turning right like a professional, well-mannered driver.
Looking for It
The first thing you have to do in order to make a right turn is to find out where to turn. Because if you miss it, you’ll have no other choice but to find the nearest U-turn and drive all the way back to your destination. What a hassle!
Five Letters, One Turn
Then you’ll also need to remember five other things if you want to make a right turn properly. Yes, five things! Don’t worry, though; while it may seem like a bit too much to take in the beginning, they will all come naturally later on. To make thing easier for now, just spell M-S-P-S-L!
M – Mirror
Whenever you’re on the road, you have to constantly check your mirrors – especially when you’re turning. This is because you have to check the different directions around your car for other vehicles that can hit yours. Note that it would be best that you look first at the interior mirror to see if anyone is behind you, and then the right mirror if there are any vehicles coming from that side.
S – Signal
Contrary to what many believe, turning on your signal lights is very important when turning. It helps notify the car behind you that you will be turning to a particular direction, prevention them from hitting you.
P – Position
Depending on your style, you can either position yourself by the right side of the road or the middle. However, if you’re a beginner, it’s best that you remain in the middle so you can see better the cars behind you and the ones that will be coming from the road where you’ll be making a turn to.
Your speed will depend on how far or near you are from the road where you’ll be turning to, and how clear that particular road is. You also have to consider whether you have to give way to oncoming traffic. If you don’t, then go at around 15 to 20 mph on second gear.
L – Look
Last but not least, before you make that right turn, have a clear visual first. After all, you wouldn’t want to hit a car or a person while making the turn.
In time, you will be able to turn your car to the right as though it were an extension of your body. But before you can get to that point, you have to stick to these tips first.