Driving tests

23: Higher-speed areas – driving a curve

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).

35kph right turn

Driver actions

  • 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.

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