Positioning & Cornering Chapters 9 & 10 Pages 153 - 184


Developing your competence at cornering will improve as The System becomes second nature, the key point to remember is that processing the severity of the bend is essential for safety. You should be well aware of road signs and take account of any other information available such as tree lines, gaps through hedges, lamp post positions and any reflections that would enable the Information phase to be as complete as possible.

Almost half of all fatal collisions for drivers under 30 are the result of the driver losing control on a bend or curve.


The key principles for safe cornering

  • Make sure that your vehicle is in the correct position on the approach

  • Travel at the correct speed for the corner or bend

  • Select the correct gear for that speed

  • Use the accelerator to maintain a constant speed through the bend

  • Be able to stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear on your own side of the road











‘Diagrams and text from Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook, published 2013 by The Stationery Office (TSO) © Police Foundation copyright 2013. Reproduced with permission from the Police Foundation.’