Riders of two-wheelers and motorists need to know the correct way to signal a left turn, whether it is a hand signal or a mechanical signal. You have to be careful, because you cross the traffic which arrives parallel and perpendicular. The signal made with the hand to turn left is different depending on which part of the road is occupied by cars.
Method 1 of 2: Turn left by car
Step 1. Activate your left turn signal 30 m before the left turn you want to take
If your turn signal is not working, you must signal with your arm that you are turning to the left. Here are ways to signal a left turn with your arm.
- If you are riding to the right, extend your left arm to indicate that you are turning to the left.
- If you are riding on the left, extend your arm horizontally out of the window. Tilt it towards the ground. Your thumb should be facing the floor.
Step 2. Get into the turning lane ahead of time
If there is more than one lane, remember that most turns require you to be in the lane on the side you are turning on. For example, if you want to turn left, you have to stand in the far left lane.
Some roads have more than one lane to turn. Make sure you are on the right track by reading the ground signs and signs
Step 3. Come to a complete stop if you turn on a T-intersection or stop sign
Stop just before the white line, with the right steering wheel. Then, when the light turns green or when no vehicle is coming, start turning the steering wheel to the left to make your turn.
If you turn the steering wheel prematurely and a car hits you from behind, you can be thrown into traffic
Step 4. Give way
Vehicles going straight ahead almost always have right of way, although it is not necessary to stop before turning.
Step 5. Look left then right
If you look to the right first, you can feel the steering wheel turn slightly to the right.
Step 6. Slow down as you approach the turn
Then, press the accelerator halfway through the turn, to control the speed of the car.
Step 7. Gently turn the steering wheel to the left, adjusting as you go
Avoid turning the steering wheel to the right first, as your turn may be too wide and get into traffic.
Step 8. Complete the turn looking to the left and the middle
Usually, your turn signal goes off automatically. However, for shallow left turns you may need to tip it back.
Method 2 of 2: Turn left on your bike
Step 1. Plan to signal 30m before turning left
Step 2. Extend your left arm to the left
It should be parallel to the ground.
Step 3. Keep your left arm straight until you need to hold the handlebars to turn and complete the turn
Step 4. Look for the “bike locks”
It is a larger location where cyclists can wait at the traffic lights. The bicycles thus have priority to turn before the cars.