Pupils Revision Area - Turn in the Road

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The 3 Main Key Skills required for this maneover are.

ACCURACY: - ensuring you do not touch the curb or mount the pavement

CONTROL:- keeping a slow car. Think of a slow walking pace. Whilst keeping the car slow, steering must be brisk.

OBSERVATION:- all round effective observation throughout the manoeuvre.

Diagram of a 3 point turn procedure.

A. The Examiner will ask you to park up on the left. Ensure you look in the appropriate mirrors (main mirror, left mirror) and indicate if necessary (If any cars, bikes etc are approaching from any direction, then apply the indicators). Once parked, cancel the indicators if you applied them. Ensure that you don't park opposite somebody's driveway on the left.



Diagram of a 3 point turn procedure.

B. When you are ready to perform the three point turn, look in the appropriate mirrors as you do if moving off from a parked position (Main and right mirror), and check your blind spot to the right.

Using clutch control, move the car slowly forward, steering briskly to the right until full right lock. Keeping the car slow using clutch control and steering full right lock as fast as possible is essential.

Using the markers indicated by your instructor (around a meter from the curb), and when you reach that distance, turn one turn of the wheel briskly to the left, clutch down and gently break to a stop using the foot brake.


Diagram of a 3 point turn procedure.

C. Once the vehicle has stopped, apply the handbrake and select reverse gear. Find the biting point of the clutch. Observations are essential. Performing the best three point turn in the world will still fail the driving test if inadequate observations are made.
Find the biting point to ensure you wont roll forward into the curb. Take a good look up and down the road before you start to move the car backwards, at least twice both directions. Then look out the back window (the direction in which you are travelling) and slowly using clutch control move the car backwards steering full left lock briskly.
Around half way in the road, look over your right shoulder at the curb on your right. When you are around a metre from the curb (use your instructors markers) steer briskly to the right. and gently apply the foot brake to stop the car.


Diagram of a 3 point turn procedure.

D. Once stopped, apply the handbrake and select first gear. Again find the biting point so as not to roll backwards onto the curb. Use appropriate observations; IE, if any approaching traffic occurs during the manoeuvres, stop and let them pass.
If you feel you are in the way of any traffic and blocking their direction of travel, then proceed with your manoeuvres. Reversing towards any car or cyclist however, the car must be stopped.
Before you move off, take a good look left and right, and then left and right again. Then moving off slowly using clutch control, move slowly forward and steering briskly to the right.