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.      Check traffic and road conditions


9.      Look out for traffic and pedestrians


10.  And finally stop in a safe position.




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). You are allowed to take your seat belt off at this point if you find it makes it easier for you to turn around to see out of the rear window.


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.      You will see the kerb appear in the rear corner of right side rear window (reference point 2) CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOT AGAIN, and start to appear ½ way along the rear side window (reference point 3). At this point turn the steering wheel to the right, 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.


  1. When the kerb reappears in the back window steer to the left to straighten up to bring the kerb back to reference point 1.
  2. At all times maintain all round observations. 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 4/5 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.