Navigating the transition from a major to a minor road, especially when turning left, can be a challenging task for learner drivers. Understanding and effectively implementing the MSPSL routine is crucial for safe and confident driving. This blog post will delve into the MSPSL routine – Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, and Look – to help learner drivers remember and apply these steps effectively.
The first step in the MSPSL routine is to check your mirrors. This includes the rearview mirror and the left side mirror. You need to be aware of what’s happening around your vehicle. This step helps you understand the position and speed of other vehicles, ensuring that you can make safe decisions.
• Rearview Mirror: Look for vehicles close behind you.
• Left Side Mirror: Check for cyclists or motorbikes that might be overtaking on the left.
After checking your mirrors, signal your intention to turn left well before reaching the junction. This is crucial for alerting other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended direction.
• Timely Signaling: Signal at least three seconds before you start to brake. This gives sufficient warning to others.
Your position on the road should clearly indicate that you are turning left. Stick to the left lane and avoid straddling lanes. As you approach the junction:
• Stay Left: Keep close to the left side of your lane.
• Avoid Swinging Out: Maintain a straight line and avoid swinging out into other lanes.
Reducing your speed as you approach the junction is vital for safe turning.
• Gradual Braking: Start to brake gently and gradually to bring the car to a speed that is appropriate for the junction.
• Clutch Control: If you are driving a manual car, remember to use clutch control to prevent stalling.
Finally, as you approach the junction, assess the situation.
• Peek Right and Left: Look for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and any other potential hazards.
• Decision Making: If the coast is clear, proceed with the turn. If not, wait patiently until it is safe to do so.