Automatic Driving Lessons Raheny-Reverse Around The Corner
Hey guys and welcome back to our classroom. Today we are going to be talking about the most difficult part of the driving test, the reverse around the corner. When you first try the reverse around the corner, it can be very tricky and you will think that you will never get it, but after a few attempts at it, it will all make sense. Have a look at our whiteboard video below and if you like the content, please like and subscribe and watch until the end.
During your test, the tester will ask you to pull in and stop on the left. They will usually give you all the information that you will be moving off from a parked position, driving past the turn and pulling in and stopping. Then you will reverse backwards around the corner. The tester used to get out of the car for this during COVID times but they might stay in the car now, especially with winter on the way. You will be expected the reverse back in a straight line, keeping reasonably close to the footpath and keep reversing back until they say stop.
Step one is to move off from a parked position using GOSHO, then drive past the turn and left mirror, left signal and pull in on the left. Then handbrake up, into neutral and cancel your signal. Always try to park straight and reasonably close to the path.
Step two is then to move off from a parked position but this one is a little different. We go into reverse gear, do our big look around, this time we don’t use our indicator because our reverse lights are on. This is our indication to everyone that we are going backwards. Then we take our handbrake down, one more look over our right shoulder and reverse slowly backwards. We don’t need to be on the accelerator at this point. On the clutch is fast enough. If you feel that you are going to fast, dip (press) the clutch in to take the speed out of it. As we reverse back in a straight line, we need to look out our back window, at our left mirror and also ahead and into the right mirror. The trick here is to make sure that you are straight in your left mirror first before you look around. Reverse back to where your back wheels meets where the kerb starts to bend and stop.
Now it is time for steering. When your back wheels are where the kerb starts to bend that’s when I usually do a half a steering wheel to the left. This usually gives you really nice position for the first part of the turn. If your position looks like it is reasonably close to the footpath the best thing to do is hold the steering wheel in that position. If your position looks good in your left mirror, then we can check our blind spot. We need to check this 3 or 4 times as we reverse around the corner. Also trying to look out our back window occasionally too.
As you look in your left mirror, if you feel the kerb is getting away from, stop, take another small steer to the left. It would be the same thing as if you were you driving forward around the turn. The trick here is action now. If you feel are a getting further from the path, steer to the left straight away. The longer you leave it the wider you will go.
As you come around and we can see the kerb straighten up in our left mirror, that’s when we need to start undoing our steering. What I usually tell my students is to keep the left steer on and when we are parallel with the kerb, stop, straighten the wheel and reverse back in a straight line. The tester will usually bring you back 3 car lengths.
So that’s it. The reverse around the corner. Really hard to explain by text but I hope you understand the concept a little bit more. If you like the content please hit that like button and subscribe and watch the video until the end. Thanks