Cornering - Chapter 10 pages 166 - 184

Developing your competence at cornering:

Cornering - driving a car round a corner, curve or bend is one of the main driving activities and it is important to get it right. When you corner your vehicle loses stability and places extra demands on the tyre grip available. The faster you go and the tighter the bend the greater these demands are.

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



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 (feather) the accelerator to maintain a constant speed through the bend

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

As should be immediately clear these key principles are The System of Car Control - You will be expected to demonstrate systematic approaches to complex and dynamic events as well as the corner or bend itself. Read and practise your Position Speed and Gear every time you negotiate a hazard. Correct positioning is the difference between Bronze and a Silver or Gold award.










‘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.’