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Approaching left and right - Advanced
Approaching can sometimes be considered one of the easiest things when it comes to driving, however, it should not be taken for granted. Once your confidence is up and have the ability to drive around unhindered by trying to remember routines for approaching, concentrate on spacing out your MSM.
There should be a clear gap between checking the interior mirror, the door mirror and then getting your signal on. Work on early braking. It should light and measured for a gradual reduction in speed. See if you can keep your foot on the brake right up until you make your turn. It's also a great way of letting the cars behind you know that you are reducing your speed and helps get the car to speed where you position yourself correctly.
So far we have probably been always opting for 2nd gear. At an advanced level you will have to now consider many aspects of what is going on around you and entertaining the idea of going straight into first.
Say you were approaching right. You notice a dozen cars coming towards you. You probably wont be able to make it across the road as they have priority over you. You'll have to sit and wait for the cars to pass before turning into the street. In this case, going straight from 3rd into 1st, staying on the clutch (It's not coasting, you're just preparing for moving away from a standing start once you stop, like emerging), and focusing on stopping at your point of turn and staying on your side of the street. Once you arrive it's POM. Hand Brake on. Set the feet for some gas and bite, look into the new road to make sure it's safe and then time your movement with the passing of the last car into the new street.
If all is clear and there is nothing to wait for like it so many left approach situations, make sure you really look into that new road. This last section is so easily over looked. The give way lines of a new road aren't just there for those emerging, but for those entering the new road. Make sure the road is wide enough for you to enter and for oncoming traffic to get out. If the new road is only wide enough for one car, you must let the oncoming cars leave before committing yourself to the turn.