Manouvers: Reversing Around A Right Corner

Right Reverse

If you are driving a van or have poor visibility through your rear window, a right reverse may be better than a left reverse. To reverse around a corner to the right you will need to choose a safe time to cross the traffic as you will need to position your car on the opposite side of the road into oncoming traffic. On approach to the junction try to get as much information as is possible.

Firstly have a look at the angle of the corner – is it long, round or sharp? The angle of the corner will affect your steering and may not be suitable for you to reverse into. Next assess the gradient of the road – is the road you will be reversing in to uphill, downhill or flat? The gradient will affect how you control the car. Then take a look at the corner as to whether there are any markers that may help you with your positioning around the corner – are there any drains in the road, grass patches, creases in the road? Finally check that you are able to reverse around that particular corner – is there anything obstructing the corner such as a parked car, skip?

Once you have assessed the corner you are now ready to get yourself into position to reverse around it. Stop the car just passed the junction, just left of the centre line, with a right signal to show oncoming traffic you intend to park on the right hand side of the road. Once clear move over and stop the car approximately 1m (drain´s width) from the kerb, straight and approximately 1 car´s length ahead of the junction.

Prepare the car, by selecting reverse gear and finding biting point. Then do good all round observations starting by looking over your left shoulder and finishing looking over your right shoulder, in particular looking into the junction you are about to reverse in to. Do not signal and if it is safe to proceed remove the handbrake.

To move the car, gently raise and lower the clutch pedal around the biting point (moving the pedal no more than the thickness of a pound coin at a time) and reverse back in a straight line until you reach your turning point (as each car is different your instructor may have given you a reference point to help you with this). At this point check ahead and over your left shoulder to see if any vehicles are passing and if it is safe to continue start steering to the right (again as each car is different your instructor may have given you a system to follow to help you know how much steer is needed). Adjust the steer as necessary as you are travelling around the corner aiming to stay as close to the kerb as you can at all times and ensure effective observations throughout. Eventually the kerb will begin to straighten once more and at this point simply take the steering back to straight and continue to reverse in a straight line for approximately 7-8 car lengths. Stop the car and apply the handbrake.

To move off again you will have to cross the traffic flow once more. Firstly you need to prepare the car, then observe from your right shoulder to your left, put on a left signal to move out and then only when it is clear and safe, pull out ensuring you get on to the left side of the road as quickly as possible.