Driving tests

14: Turning left at traffic signals (traffic lights)

The aim of this lesson is to legally and safely turn left at an intersection with traffic signals. You will be driving in a 50-60kph zone on a two-way road with a 90-degree turn at an intersection that has traffic signals.

red arrow traffic lights

Driver actions

  • Check all the mirrors
  • Check your blind spot for traffic by looking over your shoulder
  • Indicate left for at least three seconds before starting to turn
  • Position your car to the left of the lane or (if the road splits into two lanes at the intersection) the left lane
  • Scan the intersection for hazards
  • Slow the car down before the intersection
  • If the signal is green, turn the corner if it’s safe to do so – remember that there might be a separate light for turning, as pictured
  • If the signal is red or yellow, stop and wait behind the line
  • When turning the corner keep the car in the right position in the lane and with an appropriate speed
  • Check the mirrors once you’ve completed the turn
  • Accelerate to an appropriate speed after completing the turn

Perform the tasks at least three times.

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