How to reverse around a corner
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- Be careful of the natural curvature or ‘camber’ of the road. A particularly pronounced camber can catch unwary drivers out, causing them to roll into the kerb.
- Stick to a slow walking speed. Doing the manoeuvre at breakneck speed won’t impress your examiner.
- Listen carefully when your driving instructor tells you about ‘reference points’.
- Pull up on the left hand side of the road, about two lengths past the junction and half a metre from the kerb. Don’t mislead other motorists by indicating too early.
- Select reverse gear and check all around you, including blind spots. Reverse very slowly, keeping your wheel straight. You should be able to see the corner in your rear windscreen.
- Continue until you reach your turning point. This is when the kerb appears in the side window.
- Check over your right shoulder before turning your wheel to the left. With a curved corner, you’ll have to turn gradually. Make continual observations.
- As you reverse, the kerb will disappear from the side window and reappear in the rear windscreen. When this happens, gradually turn your wheel back to the right until it’s straight.
- You should still be half a metre away from the kerb. Once you have secured the car, the manoeuvre is complete.
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