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MAKING TURNS


The Correct Way to Make a Right Turn

  1. Move into the far right-hand lane.
  2. Turn on your turn signal.
  3. Check all mirrors for traffic surrounding the bus.
  4. Slow to 10 mph or less.
  5. Put your hands in the correct turning position
  6. You should be 4 feet from the curb or parked cars.
  7. Keep your wheels straight.
  8. Check all mirrors for pedestrians and other vehicles before starting your turn.
  9. When you can see straight down the curb line of the lane you are turning into, turn your steering wheel into the full-lock position.
  10. As you begin to turn, check your left side mirror for tail swing.
  11. Check tail swing again in the middle of the turn.
  12. Make adjustments (e.g., straighten the wheel, slow down). Stop if you are about to come into contact with a problem object.
  13. Check right side mirrors and complete your turn keeping the full-lock position.
  14. Straighten the front wheels.
  15. Check all mirrors after you complete your turn.
The Correct Way to Make a Left Turn
  1. Turn on your turn signal.
  2. Move to the far-left lane. If there are two turning lanes, use the right lane of the two.
  3. Check all mirrors for traffic surrounding the bus.
  4. Slow to 10 mph or less.
  5. Put your hands in the correct turning position.
  6. Keep your wheels straight.
  7. Bring the front of the bus to the center of the intersection before you start the turn. Donít move into the intersection until traffic in front of you has completed the turn.
  8. Check all mirrors for pedestrians and other vehicles before starting your turn.
  9. Watch for problem objects.
  10. As you begin to turn, check your right side mirror for tail swing.
  11. Check tail swing again in the middle of the turn.
  12. Make adjustments (e.g., straighten the wheel, slow down). Stop if you are about to come into contact with a problem object.
  13. Complete your turn and check mirrors again.



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