Turning In The Road

This is a useful turn in cul-de-sac and roads where there are no side turning or opening to reverse into.

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

  • Safely
  • Smoothly
  • Under control
  • Making proper use of the accelerator, clutch, brakes and steering

Without touching or mounting the kerb, the examiner will also be looking to see that you:-

  • Are aware of other road users
  • Keep looking all around throughout the manoeuvre

Turning in the road by using forward and reverse gears

A. Choose a safe place where there is good visibility, no obstruction in the road or on the pavement (watch for the lamp post, telephone poles or even post boxes), and where you have plenty of room. Stop on the left. Check the indicators have cancelled. Make sure the way is clear in front and behind, check the blind spot over your right shoulder.

B. Go slowly forward in first gear using clutch control, turning your steering wheel briskly to the right. Aim at getting the car at right-angles across the road.

C. 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, put the clutch right down and use your foot-brake to stop. Apply your hand-brake. Select reverse gear. Find the biting point.

Make sure the way is clear. Check in all directions. If clear release your hand-brake. Back slowly across the road, turn the steering wheel as far to the left as it will go.

D. As the back of the car nears the kerb (you will see this over your right shoulder), 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 the car before you hit the kerb. Put on the hand-brake. Select first gear.

Again make sure the road is clear and drive forward, turning the wheel to the right.

E. You should now be able to straighten up on the left of the road.

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