DRIVING MANOEUVRES

Below we have provided information on the possible driving manoeuvres the examiner will choose from when assessing your competency during your Driving Practical Test. You will only be required to perform one of these reversing manouevres.

Reverse Parking

You should be able to park your car safely either at the kerb by reversing into the space of about two car lengths or off the road by reversing neatly into a bay.

Parking behind a parked car.

  1. Drive alongside the parked car and position your vehicle so that you can carry out the exercise correctly and safely.
  2. Select reverse gear as this will also allow you to show your intentions to other road users through your reverse lights.
  3. Make useful all round observation.
  4. Reverse into the space behind the parked car, within the space of two car lengths
  5. Stop fairly close and parallel to the kerb.

 

Turn In The Road

You should be able to turn your car around in the road so that it faces in the opposite direction using the forward and reverse gears, taking at least three moves.

  1. You should make sure that the road is clear in both directions.
  2. Drive forward in first gear, turning the steering wheel to the right as much as possible(yellow car).
  3. Steer briskly to the left just before you pull up close to the opposite kerb.
  4. Check all around especially your blind spots.
  5. Reverse turning your steering wheel to the left as much as possible (orange car).
  6. Steer briskly to the right before you pull up close to the kerb behind you.
  7. Repeat if necessary until your car is facing in the opposite direction and on completion follow the examiners intructions (red car).

 

Reverse Around A Left Corner

You should be able to reverse your car smoothly, correctly, safely, under full control.

The examiner will normally ask you to pull up just before a side road on the left, point to the side road and ask you to reverse into it.

  1. You should make sure that you can carry out the exercise correctly and safely.
  2. Check traffic and road conditions in all directions.
  3. Reverse around the corner keeping a good lookout for traffic or pedestrians.
  4. Straighten up your car and continue to reverse for a reasonable distance.
  5. Pull up in a safe position and wait for your examiners next instruction.

 

Reverse Around A Right Corner

You should be able to reverse your car smoothly, correctly, safely, under full control.

The examiner will normally ask you to pull up just before a side road on the left, point to the side road and ask you to reverse into it.

  1. You should make sure that you can carry out the exercise correctly and safely.
  2. Check traffic and road conditions in all directions.
  3. Pull up on the right hand side of the road just pass the junction you are going to reverse into.
  4. Reverse around the corner keeping a good lookout for traffic or pedestrians.
  5. Straighten up your car and continue to reverse for a reasonable distance.
  6. Pull up in a safe position and wait for your examiners next instruction.

 

Emergency Stop

You should be able to stop your car as quickly as possible without locking the wheels doing this safely and under control.

 

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