Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Turn in the Road

On this lesson, you will learn about the Turn in the Road manoeuvre. You will cover:

  • where is appropriate to do the manoeuvre
  • how to perform the manoeuvre
  • how to deal with other road users

The most important parts of reversing are:

  1. Good observations
  2. Good speed control
  3. Be accurate

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is no longer a driving test manoeuvre…

Although you will not be asked to perform this manoeuvre as part of your practical driving test, it is a very useful for turning the car around to face the opposite direction in a road.

This may be because you have turned into a dead-end road, or there is an accident ahead and the road is blocked.

Both of these situations could occur during your lessons, driving test and once you are a full licence holder.

 

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The secret of this manoeuvre is to move the car VERY SLOWLY and to steer the car VERY QUICKLY 

Where to do a Turn in the Road

You must choose a safe place to turn around.

Where there is:

How to do a Turn in the Road

There are three parts to the Turn in the Road.

1. Prepare the car to move (in 1st gear)

  • Look all around, and in both blind spots – don’t go until it’s clear
  • Release the handbrake
  • Slowly move forwards
  • Steer full lock to the right
  • Just before reaching the kerb steer left to straighten your wheels
  • Stop the car just before reaching the kerb
  • Secure the car with the parking brake

2. Prepare the car to move (in reverse gear)

  • Look all around, and in both blind spots – don’t go until it’s clear
  • Release the handbrake
  • Look out of the rear window, over your left shoulder, and slowly move backwards
  • Steer full lock to the left
  • Half way across the road look over your right shoulder towards the kerb
  • Just before reaching the kerb steer right to straighten your wheels
  • Stop the car just before reaching the kerb
  • Secure the car with the parking brake

3. Prepare the car to move (in 1st gear)

  • Look all around, and in both blind spots – don’t go until it’s clear
  • Release the handbrake
  • Look well ahead and drive to the correct road position

You must try not to hit or overhang the kerb.

You must continue to make all-round observations throughout this manoeuvre.

Dealing with Other Road Users

While you are doing a manoeuvre, other road users will have priority. Therefore, it is important to pause and allow them to pass if they want to.

Wait at the kerb so they have plenty of space to get past.

You must not stop and wait while you are part way across the road.

The other road user may stop and allow you to continue. If this happens, continue with the manoeuvre but take extra care in case they change their mind. Take care to check from both directions. A vehicle from one direction may wait for you, but a vehicle from the other direction may not want to wait.

Try not to allow any other road users, meaning vehicles, cycles and pedestrians, within 2 car lengths of your car while you are manoeuvring. This is your safety bubble!

The Camber of a Road

Roads are higher in the middle than they are near the kerb. This is to help with drainage. Rain water will flow to the kerb and not stay in the road.

The camber means that when you are close to the kerb, your car may speed up a little and roll towards the kerb.

You probably need to apply your parking brake so you don’t roll in to the kerb.

EXTRA NOTES

  1. You should always move the car very very slowly when reversing, and give other road users priority.
  2. When steering, the car should be moving. Don’t steer while the car is not moving. This is known as ‘dry steering’ and can cause damage to the tyres and steering mechanism.
  3. Do not signal while reversing. Your reverse lights will inform drivers behind what you intend to do.
  4. Look back, out of the rear window, before you start to drive backwards! Don’t rely on mirrors only.

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