The aim of this lesson is for you to legally and safely drive at higher-speeds through a left or right bend in the road (a curve) while maintaining a safe position and speed. You’ll need to be driving in a 70-100kph zone on a two-way road with a left or right curve that requires you to slow down.
Note that many cars will safely negotiate many curves at the speed limit, particularly if you are in a 70kph zone. Look for curves that have a posted advisory comfortable speed (a speed limit ending in a 5, e.g. 45, displayed in a yellow sign, e.g. the one pictured).
- Scan well ahead, to the sides and in your mirrors to identify potential hazards, warning signs and advisory signs
- Position your car correctly before the curve. For a left-hand curve this will be just to the left of the centre line, unless there’s another vehicle coming and you give up some of your position for safety. For a right hand curve it will be in the left of the lane. Both of these positions improve your view through the corner.
- Adjust your speed for the curve and weather/road conditions
- Keep your car within the marked lane and a safe distance from kerbside hazards and oncoming vehicles
- Maintain an appropriate speed throughout the curve
- Maintain your position in the traffic flow, leaving at least two seconds to the vehicle in front
- Look well ahead in the curve, checking for potential hazards
- When leaving the curve check your mirrors and accelerate back to an appropriate speed
Perform the tasks at least twice.