A Guide On How To Reverse Around A Corner

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A Guide On How To Reverse Around A Corner

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Reversing around a corner is one of the critical skills you need to master when learning to drive. In fact, it’s one of the manoeuvres that could come up in your practical driving test. Many people struggle to get to grips with this, which is why we’ve created a handy guide that covers all the steps you need to remember.

Step 1: Find A Safe Place To Practice

It’s imperative that you practice this movement in a safe and legal location. Don’t try reversing around corners when there are cars parked nearby, and be wary of other obstructions – like bins and pedestrians. Ideally, you want a nice quiet place that gives you plenty of time to keep practising.

Step 2: Get Into Position

On your driving test, your instructor will tell you to drive passed a turning, pull up at the side of the road, then reverse back around the corner of the turn. So, you need to know how to get into the starting position.

Find the corner you’re using, then slowly drive past it and pull up about three car lengths away past the corner. Pull up the handbrake and indicate left (this isn’t essential if there are no cars around, but you should definitely do it if there are cars within sight of you).

Step 3: Put Your Car In Reverse

When you’ve pulled up, you should look around you to make sure that everything is visually clear and safe. Check for any obstacles or things that can stop you from safely carrying out the manoeuvre – like incoming traffic or pedestrians.

If everything is clear, put your car into reverse. Slowly start reversing as you look over your left shoulder. If any cars come behind you, then stop and let them pass.

Step 4: Steer Around The Corner

Generally speaking, you should give your wheel one full turn to the left. Do this slowly as you gradually make your way around the corner.

When you’ve got round the corner, don’t forget to reset your steering wheel. If you turned one full way to the left, then you need to ensure you turn it once to the right now. This will put you back in a neutral position, and your car will be nice and straight.

You should keep reversing until you’re three car lengths backwards. At this point, you can put your car in neutral, and you’ve completed the manoeuvre.

Key Things To Remember

These steps will help you learn how to reverse around a corner. However, there are a couple of key tips you need to remember while you’re doing it:

    • Always stay a drain’s width away from the curb. If you get too close, stop, then reset your positioning to keep to this distance.
    • Keep a slow pace the whole way through, it should be as if you’re at a walking pace, no faster. Slow and steady is the best approach and provides you with the most control!
    • Stop whenever a car approaches you. If they pass, you can carry on. If they stay behind you, then you’ll have to return to the starting position and let them pass.

Hopefully, this quick guide gives you the tips you need to master when reversing around a corner. If you’re looking for an affordable driving instructor to help you with this – and much more – then please feel free to get in touch today by calling 07513 193969.

Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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