With the introduction of the independent driving section of the driving test the number of manoeuvres that you will be asked to do has now changed. Instead of being asked to do two manoeuvres during your driving test, as was the old way, you will now only be asked to do one manoeuvre. However, the type of manoeuvre that you will be asked to do will still come from one of the four listed below.
The turn in the road manoeuvre is perhaps the most commonly tested of the reversing manoeuvres.
What the driving test requires
You should be able to turn your car round in the road so that it faces in the opposite direction using both the forward and reverse gears. This will take at least three moves which is why the manoeuvre is sometimes known as the “Three point turn”.
Your driving test examiner will indicate a suitable place and ask you to pull up and then ask you to turn your car around in the road.
Make sure the road is clear in both directions.
Drive forward in first gears, turning the steering wheel to the right as much as possible (full lock).
Steer briskly to the left just before you pull up close to the opposite kerb.
Check all around, especially your blind spots.
Reverse, turning your steering wheel to the left as much as possible.
Steer briskly to the right before you pull up close to the kerb.
Repeat if necessary until your car is facing in the opposite direction.
Skills you should show
You should control your car smoothly. Make proper use of the Accelerator, Clutch, Brake and steering. Also, make sure you show awareness of other road users. All round observation is essential throughout the manoeuvre.
Faults to avoid
You shouldn’t mount the kerb(try not to touch it).
Be inconsiderate or cause danger to other road users.
Take more than a reasonable time to complete the exercise, causing an obstruction for other road users.
Steer harshly while the car is stationary (known as Dry Steering).
You should be able to reverse your car smoothly, correctly, safely and under full control.
Your driving test examiner will normally
Ask you to pull up just before a side road on the left.
Point out the side road and ask you to reverse into it.
You may undo your seat belt for the whole of the exercise. Do so only if it interferes with your driving. Don’t forget to refasten it after you have completed the exercise.
When the driving test examiner asks you, you should
Make sure that you carry out the exercise correctly and safely.
Check traffic and road conditions in all directions.
Reverse round the corner keeping a good lookout for traffic or pedestrians.
Straighten up your car and continue to reverse for a reasonable distance.
Pull up in a safe position and wait for your examiner’s next instruction.
Your car will swing out at the front as you reverse around the corner. Keep a good lookout for other road users.
Skills you Should Show
You should reverse under full control and keep reasonably close to the kerb without striking or mounting it. Remember to use good, effective all-round observation.
Faults to Avoid.
You shouldn’t mount the kerb, swing out wide or reverse too far from the kerb. Try not to show inconsideration to other road users or take more than a reasonable time to complete the exercise therefore creating a hazard for other road users.
Like the turn in the road, avoid dry steering.
What the driving test Requires.
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).
How the driving test examiner will test you.
1. Parked at the kerb behind a parked car
After the examiner has explained what is required you should drive alongside the parked vehicle and position your car so that you can carry out the exercise correctly and safely. Select reverse gear- your reversing lights might help others to understand your intentions.
Remember to use effective all round observation.
Reverse into the space behind the parked car, within the space of two car lengths.
Stop reasonably close, and parallel, to the kerb.
2. Reversing into a parking bay.
Look at the layout markings and the size of the space available.
Use your mirrors and signal if necessary.
Check your position and keep your speed down.
Use effective all round observation.
Look out for pedestrians.
Reverse and park as neatly as possible, with your wheels straight.
Make sure that your vehicle is neatly parked between the layout markings in the bay.
Skills you should show.
You should reverse under full control, safely and steadily using good effective, all round observation showing due consideration to other road users.
Faults to Avoid.
You shouldn’t get too close to a parked car or the layout markings.
Mount the Kerb.
Swing your car from side to side.
Park, at an angle, too far from the kerb or layout markings.
Place too much reliance on interior/exterior mirrors rather than taking good effective all round observation.
Be inconsiderate or cause a danger to other road users.
Take more than a reasonable time to complete the exercise. This may cause an obstruction for other road users.