Changing Directions

Changing Directions

Before turning, always check your rear view mirrors and over your shoulder to ensure the way is clear and you have enough space to complete the move safely. You need to turn around to make sure there is no vehicle in your blind spot. Switch on the indicator well before the turn so that other drivers can make adjustments accordingly. Move into the proper lane when the way is clear. Extreme left if you have to turn left and extreme right if you have to turn right. Make sure the way is clear. Slow down before entering the turn. Adjust the speed according to the turn. If the turn is sharp, get even slower. Finish braking before turning to have complete control of the turn. Increase the speed steadily as you complete the turn. Do not apply brakes and steer at the same time. You might lose control over the vehicle.

Right Turn

Always begin and end a right turn in the far right lane in your direction. Give indication well before the turn, and move into the far right lane when the way is clear. Look ahead, right, left and right again and check your blind spot. Make your turn when the way is clear. Do not turn your steering wheel to the right until you are sure you can complete the turn otherwise you can get into the way of the oncoming traffic. Slow vehicles turn right at intersections in the same way as larger vehicles. Do not pull up beside the slow vehicles to make your turn at the same time. Stay behind and turn when the way is clear.

Left Turn

Begin and end a left turn close to the left side of the road. To make a left turn, signal well before the turn and move into the left-hand lane when the way is clear. If the left-hand lane is not marked, keep as far to the left of the road as possible. Check your left blind spot as you might not have seen smaller vehicles or pedestrians. Let cyclists, rickshaws or scooter riders go through the intersection before you turn.

Left Turn on a Red Light

You can turn left on a red light if there is no signal for the left direction. Come to a complete stop, give way and then turn left.

Backing up/Reversing

Move slowly and take extra care while reversing your vehicle. Before reversing, check that the way behind you is clear. Be extra careful to look for children and cyclists. Put the vehicle in the reverse gear and turn sideways in your seat to look over your shoulder in the direction you are moving. Hold the steering wheel firmly. If you are reversing straight back or to the left, turn your body and head to the left and look back over your left shoulder. When reversing to the right, turn your body and head to the right and look over your right shoulder. Check the opposite shoulder also. If you are turning while reversing, check that the front end of the vehicle does not hit anything.


Before making a U-turn, make sure there is no sign saying not to. For a safe U-turn, you should be able to see both sides clearly. Never make a U-turn unless you can see clearly in both directions. To make a U-turn, signal for a right turn, check your mirror and over your shoulder and pull over to the right side of the road. Stop, signal a right turn and when traffic is clear in both directions, move forward and turn quickly and sharply into the opposite lane. Check for traffic as you turn.

Three-Point Turn

Make a three-point turn to change directions on a narrow road. A three-point turn starts from the extreme left side of the road.
Signal for a right turn. When the way is clear in both directions, move forward, turning the steering wheel sharply right towards the curb on the far side of the road. When you have reached the right side of the road, stop, and put the vehicle into reverse. Signal a left turn. After checking that the way is still clear, turn the steering wheel sharply to the left, while backing up slowly to the other side of the road. Stop. Shift to forward gear and check traffic. When the way is clear, drive forward

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