Statistics show, that nationally, under the old on road testing system this was the number one reason why people failed the motorcycle test.
In Chester the “U” turn was conducted on roads of about six metres wide kerb to kerb.
The roads had cambers, uneven tarmac and in some cases very high kerbs.
The “U” turn site here is a seven and a half metres wide, that’s an extra 1.5metres or nearly five feet. The surface is flat and there are no curbs, just white or yellow lines and 3 cones each side.
From our point of view, this has got considerably easier and much more consistent for everybody.
You must treat this as if you are on a public road, so observations before you set off and a lifesaver before you turn in are crucial but the turn its self should be far less stressful.
Don’t get me wrong, this exercise will still need a considerable amount of practice to gain the skill level and confidence required to be consistently successful, but it’s not as difficult as it used to be.
How did we get on with the ‘slow ride under control’?