Reverse Park – Road (Parallel Park)
The manoeuvres everyone is required to be able to perform accurately, safely and under full control are:
• Reverse into a side road on the left or right (Not tested)
• Turn in the road (Not tested)
• Reverse park (side of the road)
• Reverse park (in a car park)
• Forward park (in a car park)
• Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic
Why Would I Perform These Manoeuvres?
• Reverse into a side road on the left or right: In order to turn the car around.
• Turn in the road: In order to turn the car around if there is no side road to reverse into.
• Reverse park (side of the road): In order to reverse park into a limited space, perhaps between two cars.
• Reverse park (in a car park): In order to reverse into a parking space or bay.
• Forward park (in a car park): In order to drive forward into a parking space or bay.
• Park on the right and reverse: In order to park safely on the right side of the road and re-join traffic.
Manoeuvres – Safe, Legal, Convenient and Control
Before performing any of these manoeuvres you must ask yourself four questions.
• Is it safe? For example, “Can I be seen easily and in plenty of time by others? Can I see them?”
• Is it legal? For example, “Am I turning the car around in a one-way street?”
• Is it convenient? For example, “Am I going to cause other road users to have to change speed or direction?”
• Will I be able to control my vehicle here? For example, “Is my vehicle to big to turn in this road?” or “Am I experienced enough to control my vehicle into this space here?”
Do All of the Manoeuvres Involve Reversing?
All manoeuvres performed on a driving test do involve a reverse and it is important that you master reversing your vehicle before attempting them. Practice reversing in a straight line first.
The three main things that change when you reverse your vehicle are:
• Your seating position: You will have to turn yourself in your seat to the left for the best view. Make sure your left foot hasn’t lifted so you can’t control the clutch.
• Your hand position: When you turn, your left hand will drop to the bottom of the wheel and your right hand more to the top.
• Where you look: For the majority of time you will be looking out of the rear window. Remember you must also make all round observations at regular intervals. Listen for any vehicles coming and stop to look if you hear them.
Other things to remember when reversing:
• Any manoeuvre involving a reverse you can do without your seatbelt on.
• You must not reverse longer than is necessary.
• You must not reverse from a minor into a major road.
• You must not reverse at a crossroads.