Manouvers: Reversing Around A Left Corner

Reversing Left Corner

To reverse around a corner to the left always stop before the junction to assess it. 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. 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 we 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. Move forwards 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 right shoulder and finishing looking through the rear window, 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 over your right shoulder to see if any vehicles are passing and if it is safe to continue start steering to the left (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 3-4 car lengths. Stop the car and apply the handbrake.

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