Basically, the manoeuvre is normally three times POM (prepare, observe, move)
You are developing three main skills : control, accuracy and observation.
Stop the car close to the left hand kerb leaving maximum road width and space for the manoeuvre.
Tip: Try not to stop with street furniture (lamp posts and trees) to the left of your bonnet, as these will be behind you when you reverse!
Tip: Look out for any pedestrians walking along the pavement towards or behind you.
1. FORWARD – RIGHT
Prepare the car: find the biting point – but not too high as you want to move off slowly.
All round observation as per moving off. You don’t need to indicate.
Move off slowly turning the wheel rapidly to the right to achieve full lock and maximum turning circle. Don’t go ‘half a mile’ down the road before you start to turn!
HANDY TIP: Don’t cheat by dry steering (turning the steering wheel without moving) – it ruins the tyres!
As you arrive at the centre of the road (the crown) – ’at the crown clutch down’. In other words, you can dip the clutch and let the car roll slightly; controlling with the brake.
HANDY TIP: Try and use as little brake as you can. Control the car mainly with the clutch and never have a high biting point while holding the car with the clutch!
As you slowly approach the right hand kerb, stop slightly early and then edge forward a foot or so, accurately stopping close to the kerb as you can – without touching it. The reference point: is the driver side door mirror well over the kerb.
HANDY TIP: You can turn off the lock to the left slightly (half a turn) as you edge forward – which will make it easier in reverse.
Engage the handbrake and reverse gear.
2. REVERSE – LEFT
Get a good biting point: this is important at this stage as you will be reversing up a slight hill.
HANDY TIP: Find the biting point before you start looking around: It’s easy to be distracted by cars waiting for you to complete the manoeuvre, thereby putting you under pressure, you end up rushing and making a mistake.
HANDY TIP: Be aware of any cars waiting but don’t engage eye contact. Be assertive.
All round check.
If clear, disengage the handbrake, look over left shoulder and turn the wheel left full lock. Move slowly.
When you get to the crown (middle of the road), start looking to the right as if checking your blindspot.
Reverse slowly until arrive at the reference point. To start with you can reverse back very slowly until you just touch the kerb so you get to know where it is. On a test as long as you don’t bang violently into the kerb you shouldn’t fail, but of course as they say try to avoid it!
Engage the handbrake and select gear
3. FORWARD – RIGHT
As for going in reverse get a good biting point as probably going up a slight incline.
All round check
Move off safely turning wheel to the right
As straighten off and proceed – check mirrors! Well done!
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