How to Left Reverse Around a Corner

In the UK driving test you may be asked to do this as one of your maneuvers to complete the test successfully.

Steps

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    Put the car into reverse gear, find the bite and apply the right amount of gas using the accelerator.
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    Look all round doing your obs, including the blind spot
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    Release the hand brake
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    SLOWLY reverse back, constantly doing your obs, both behind, to the left, to the front and to the right
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    When the curb disappears turn the steering wheel around to '9 o clock' - picture the wheel as a clock face
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    If you get 1/2 way past the junction/turning and the curve hasn't re-appeared turn to 6 o'clock, if it has reappeared keep at 9 o'clock
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    If you had to turn to 6 o'clock then turn to 9 o'clock when the curb reappears (turn the wheel to the right)
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    When it looks as though you are just before straight/ running parallel to the curb straighten up, by turning your steering wheel to the original position

Tips

  • Depending on the gradient, you may have to apply more or less gas. Going up a slope you will need more, going down you won't need any
  • Remember you need to keep the pace really slow - the examiner will be looking for your control of the car
  • Ensure that you look all around, not just in the wing mirror. The examiner will be wanting to see that your 'observing' if you don't observe then it will be marked down as a serious or a dangerous error
  • Depending on how wide the road you're reversing into depends on how much you need to turn the wheel - the above is a guide, it works most of the time, but not if the road is extremely narrow - if that's the case you may need to full lock to the left instead of turning to 6 o'clock in step 6.

Warnings

  • Look out for pedestrians, other road users, cyclists - you should give way to them as you are causing an obstruction

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