Aside from doing the U-turn, Lesson 7 is similar to Lesson 6. The session went something like this:
- One round on Test Route 1 (Instructor lead)
- One round on Test Route 2 (Instructor lead)
- Break-up into groups of 3 riders. My group went on Test Route 1 and we have to lead the instructors.
Before coming to this lesson, it is a good idea for you to memorise the two test routes especially the sections where you need to make a lane change. The instructor will conduct the briefing quite fast so try to take note of those sections that are important. Fortunately for me, all the riders in my group are repeating Lesson 7 so I just had to persuade one of the riders to lead my group. The guy leading us was doing it for the 4th time so I felt good just following this time round. He was pretty good in changing lane. The lead rider must stop at a safe area if the rest are left behind.
Both test routes will require riders to make only one U-turn. If you are able to maneuver the crank course without trouble, then U-turn is not really a big deal... just make sure that you go into the middle lane and in Gear 2 when making the turn. Before making the U-turn, you should be forming up in twos at the traffic light junction. The first one to go is usually the one on the right. Do communicate first so to avoid misunderstanding. Once green light is up, only one bike can enter the box (i.e. pedestrian crossing). If traffic is clear, just do the turn in full, don't stop at all especially when the right turn green arrow is up.
You can refer to my Lesson 6 post for the rest. Also uploaded some diagrams to illustrate the points I had made in my earlier posts.
I've booked Lesson 8 next Sunday. To prepare for the penultimate lesson, I've also booked a Road Revision and e-trial (prepare for my RTT in October) the day before. On Sunday itself, I booked a Road Revision (first session), a Circuit Revision (2nd revision) and then Lesson 8! Hope I won't be too tired by then! This set of lessons easily costs $120... sheesh... must try to clear in one go. Wish me luck!