The examiner on the test will expect you to reverse:

 

1.      Safely

 

2.      Correctly

 

3.      Smoothly

 

4.      Under control

 

5.      Keeping reasonably close to the kerb

 

6.      Without mounting or hitting the kerb

 

7.      Without swinging out too wide.

 

8.      Whilst checking traffic and road conditions

 

9.      Whilst look out for traffic and pedestrians

 

10.  And finally stop in a safe position.

 

 Method

 

  On the approach, pull up to the kerb on the left. Note any obstructions and the type of corner (sweeping or square).

 

1.      Drive past the turning and draw up about 0.5 metres from the kerb and about 2 car lengths past the junction. If you used your indicators, make sure they have cancelled. Note where the kerb meets the back window (reference point 1).

 

2.      Prepare - the car to move in reverse.

 

3.      Observe – Mainly through the Back window, but don’t forget to check through all the windows AND through all three mirrors. Do not forget to check the blind spots over both shoulders.

 

4.       Slowly Reverse, every ½ a car length looks around with your main observations being through the rear window by looking over your left shoulder, you will see the kerb disappear behind the Left back pillar now (reference point 2) CHECK YOUR RIGHT BLIND SPOT AGAIN, and then the kerb will start to appear in the left side rear window (reference point 2). At this point turn the steering wheel to the left, the amount of turn will depend on how tight the corner is (try to keep the kerb in the same place in the side window), continue very slowly.

 

5.      When the kerb reappears in the back window steer to the right to straighten up to bring the kerb back to reference point 1.

 

6. . If someone is coming STOP. Continue when they have passed by. Keep a clearance of a few centimetres from the kerb. Stop when you have reversed 2/3 car lengths back in the new road or on the examiner's instruction.

 

At all times:

 

·     Look mainly in the direction of travel.

 

·     However, you must maintain all round observations.