Manoeuvres

On your test you will be asked to carry out one of the reverse manoeuvres .

Turn in the road . Left reverse . Reverse park {parallel park or bay park }

Before starting any of the manoeuvres look at the layout of the road to workout how you are going to control the car

Clutch and either foot brake or accelerator depending if it's uphill , downhill or level .

Before you start  check all around for any hazards { highway code rules 200 - 203 }.

Remember failing to plan you're planning to fail

 obs = observation = checking all around including blind spots

Turn in the road

Position A

At the start, look around as you would when moving off. If the road is clear or there are no other road users nearby who are attempting to pass you, then move off very slowly and immediately steer full lock right, but once you're car is moving give another look to the right for other road users.

If it is safe, continue across the road and if you have enough space (and the full lock steering is complete) move a little brisker but slowing down as you approach the kerb and stopping your car so that the front of your car does not overhang the kerb but is approx 6 inch short of the kerb.

You can now hold the car using either your foot brake or your parking brake, while you change into reverse gear.

Position B

 Before reversing look right along the road, left along the road, then out the rear window. If the road is clear or there are no other road users nearby, move off very slowly and immediately steer full lock left while still looking out the back window, but once you're car is moving give another look to the right for other road users then out the back window again.

If it is safe, continue across the road and if you have enough space (and the full lock steering is complete) move a little brisker. When half way across the road, look over your right shoulder (or in your right door mirror) so as to judge stopping with the rear of your car not overhang the kerb but approx 6 inch short of the kerb.

You can now hold the car using either your foot brake or your parking brake, while you change into 1st gear.

Position C

 Before moving off look left along the road then right along the road for other road users.

If it is safe or there are no other road users nearby who are attempting to pass you, then move off slowly and immediately steer full right lock

If you think that you might touch the curb on the third part repeat steps B and C. if you have other vehicles waiting while you are carrying out the turn in the road , when in position B or C they may drive through if there is enough room .

                                        

 

Left reverse

From the start position A move off as normal , as you pass the junction you intend to reverse into { position B }check the side road for any hazards and use the MSM routine to stop about two car lengths past the side road { position C } 

 

                                

Position C

Turn in your seat slightly to get a good view through the rear window ,you may steer one handed if you find it more comfortable , before you start to reverse obs,if it's clear , looking through the rear window you should be able to see the curb you intend to reverse around , reverse until it disappears from view in the rear window , using the left door mirror to occasionally check your position , reverse back slowly to position D trying to keep the car about half a meter from the curb . before you start to steer obs , if there are any road users let them pass before you start to steer as the front of the car will swing out, ,.at position E check again to see if any other road users want to drive pass , as you round the corner , position F straiten the steering up as you start to run parallel with the curb in the new road , continue to reverse for about 10 meters , position G

Remember

Before turning your wheel check ahead for oncoming traffic as the front of your car will swing out as you turn (stop if necessary). As the front swings out - check over your right shoulder for oncoming vehicles / pedestrians etc. (stop if necessary). This is the point where you create the greatest hazard to other road users

 

          

 

 

Bay park

There are many differant ways to carry out the bay park manoeuver , but because of the size of my local test center car park i tend to favour the left reverse

Position along side bay line 3 , position A  , obs steer full left lock .reverse slowly, as you enter the bay obs and check the left door mirror and as you start to run parallel with the bay lines straiten up the steering .stop when the car if fully in the bay

                     A                                           B                                              C

   

Parallel park

   Option 1

Use the MSM routine to stop along side the other car select reverse gear , obs , as you start to reverse steer half a turn of the wheel left , continue to reverse with all round obs until you have an angle taking you towards the curb  - line the door handle up with the curb in the mirror - steer full right lock - reverse until you are parallel with the curb

Before turning your wheel check ahead for oncoming traffic as the front of your car will swing out as you turn (stop if necessary). As the front swings out - check over your right shoulder for oncoming vehicles / pedestrians etc. (stop if necessary). This is the point where you create the greatest hazard to other road users.

Option 2

Use the MSM routine to stop level with the other car, position A . select reverse gear to show your reversing lights , obs , as you move slowly steer left one turn of the wheel , continue to reverse until you have an angle of about 40 degrees { 5 past on a clock face } position B , obs , steer one turn  right , use the left door mirror line the door handle up with the curb as you reverse towards the curb , obs, steer one turn to the right again , stop when you are parallel with the curb .position C

   

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