Driving test manoeuvres

Driving test manoeuvres.

Tips and tricks.

Just the word manoeuvres can strike fear into most people who are learning to drive.

If you're one of those people then fear not. World Driving has put together some little hints and tips to help you improve.

You will have to carry out one reverse manoeuvre during the driving test out of a possible four. Nobody knows which one the examiner will choose on your driving test, so make sure that you get confident at all of them. You might also have to carry out an emergency stop too.

The main things to think of when carrying out all the manoeuvres is to drive slow and observe around a lot.

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Bay parking.

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Turn in the road.

Turn in the road


Turn the car around without hitting the kerb. Normally within three turns. Observing for other road users.

1. Once you have made sure it's safe, move away from a parked position steering immediately full lock (maximum) to the right. Keep observing for other road users. As you get near the kerb on the other side, start to steer a little to the left. Stop before kerb. Wait if any road users approach you.

2. In reverse. Check around for other road users and when safe, start reversing, immediately steering full lock to the left. Keep observing mainly behind you but also all around. As you approach the kerb on the other side, start to steer a little to the right. Stop before the kerb. Wait if any road users approach you.

3. In 1st gear. Check around for other road users and when safe, drive forward and immediately steer full lock to the right back to your normal driving position. Make sure it's safe and drive on.

Reverse park/parallel park.

Reverse parking


Reverse/parallel park behind another car within the space of two car lengths. Observing around for other road users.

1. Once you are alongside the car that you want to use and reasonably close to it, stop just past it's front. Then put it straight in to reverse gear and use the handbrake. Observe around for other road users. Slowly reverse back until the very back of the other car is in your left backside window. Stop again and observe around.

2. When it is safe, reverse and immediately steer to the left (try turning one whole turn, but not full lock). Observe mainly out of your back window.

3. Now this is the crucial moment, when to steer to the right. When you feel that the back of your car is in enough (you will roughly be at a 2'O clock position with the other car.) then steer to the right (try steering two turns to the right). Steer extra full lock to the right if you feel that you are going to hit the kerb and that you see a lot of pavement in your left mirror. Moving your left mirror down a little can help you get a better view of the kerb. Once you have parked parallel to the kerb then straighten your wheels to the left. Drive forward if necesary, but this will be a driving fault. Stop at any time if road users approach you.

Emergency stop.


Stop the car as if in an emergency but in full control without skidding.

This is an extra manoeuvre that you might have to carry out as well as a reversing exercise.

The examiner will warn you before this is going to happen and explain that he/she will raise their hand and say "stop". You will then stop the car quickly by pressing the brake progressively harder and remembering to press the clutch to stop stalling. Don't Brake too hard too quickly as this will cause the car to skid.

Once you've stopped, secure the car with the handbrake, check all around (blind spots and mirrors) and then drive on when it's safe.

Reverse around a corner.

Reverse around a corner


Reverse around a corner to the left, going back three car lengths into the side road, keeping reasonably close to the kerb and observing for other road users.

1.The examiner will stop you before the road that you will use to reverse around. Drive past the road that you will use and observe in to the road three car lengths to make sure that there are no parked cars. Park on the left as normal. Select reverse. Observe around and when safe, slowly reverse alongside the kerb until the start of the bend appears in your left back side window or in your left lowered mirror and stop. Make sure that you observe mainly out of the back window and stop if another road user approaches you.

2. Once you have observed all around and it's safe, reverse and immediately steer left. How much steering depends on the sharpness of the bend. Keep the kerb in view, either in your back left side window or in your lowered left mirror. If the kerb goes away from the car, steer more left. If the kerb is getting closer then steer right. Keep observing around at all times. Go slow!

3. When you are around the corner and parallel to the kerb, straighten your wheels and go back three car lengths. The examiner will tell you when to stop. Driving forward at any time as a last resort if things go wrong will get you a driving fault on your driving test.

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