The examiner on the driving test will expect you to turn your car around in the road:

 

1.      Safely

 

2.      Smoothly and under control

 

3.      Making proper use of the accelerator, clutch, brakes and steering

 

4.      Without touching or mounting the kerb.

 

5.      While being fully aware of other road users

 

6.      While keeping looking all around throughout the manoeuvre.

 

Method

 

 Choose a safe place where there is good visibility and no obstructions (watch for any lamp posts, telephone poles, post boxes etc. close to the kerb). Stop on the left. Cancel indicators.

 

  1. Prepare- the car to move forward.
  2. Observe - through the front and back windows AND through all three mirrors do not forget to check the blind spot over your right shoulder.
  3. Move - slowly forward in first gear using clutch control, turning your steering wheel briskly to the right full lock. Aim at getting the car at right-angles across the road.
  4. When the front of the car is about one metre from the kerb and still moving very slowly, change the lock by turning the steering wheel briskly to the left. As the front wheels get near to the kerb (kerb under wing mirror), brake and when stopped apply your hand-brake.
  5. Prepare - the car to move in reverse.
  6. Observe - through the front and back windows AND through all three mirrors do not forget to check the blind spots over both shoulders.
  7. Move -slowly backwards in reverse gear using clutch control, turning the steering wheel briskly to the left full lock. Aim to point towards the “exit” road.
  8. As the back of the car nears the kerb, turn the wheel briskly to the right so that when you stop you will be nearly on the right-hand lock ready to drive forward again. Stop before you hit the kerb (kerb meeting car by centre pillar). Put on the hand-brake.
  9. Prepare - the car to move forward.
  10. Observe - through the front and back windows AND through all three mirrors do not forget to check both blind spots
  11. Move - slowly forward in first gear using clutch control, turning your steering wheel briskly to the right. Adjust your steer to move along the “exit” road.

 

At all times:

 

·     Look mainly in the direction of travel.

 

·     However, you must maintain all round observations.