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The rights and wrongs of discretionary right turns

Removing such turns in favour of arrow lights may curtail some accidents but is likely to slow traffic flow.

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Knowing when to make a discretionary right turn at intersections is one of the more challenging aspects of learning how to drive.

Take it from private driving instructor Gordon Thia, 62, who has been in the business for almost 40 years. Mr Thia says learners need to estimate the speed and distance of the oncoming vehicles, and have the skill to move off confidently when there is a safe gap in the flow of traffic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline The rights and wrongs of discretionary right turns. Subscribe