Skills You Need to Demonstrate

The test examiner will be looking for 3 key skills demonstrated by yourself in order to successfully complete the reverse around a corner manoeuvre. These skills are as follows:

  • Accuracy. The test examiner will be assessing your ability to reverse round the corner, not touching the kerb / curb or straying too far onto the other side of the road.
  • Control. The examiner will be judging your ability to keep the car at a slow and stable speed by use of clutch control.
  • Observation. Effective and all round observation must be taken whilst performing the reverse round a corner manoeuvre. You can perform the best reverse round a corner ever, but not enough looking around will fail the driving test. Constant all-round observation is a must, especially at potentially hazardous moments such as the point of turn.

The examiner will also be looking to see that you:

  • Check traffic and road conditions;
  • Look out for traffic and pedestrians;
  • Stop in a safe position.

The examiner will ask you to park up on the left, just before the turn you are going to reverse into. When the examiner asks you to park up, ensure you check your main mirror, your left mirror and signal to the left if necessary. Once you have stopped the car, cancel the signal if applicable, apply the handbrake and select neutral. The examiner is now going to ask you that they would like you to demonstrate the reverse round a corner manoeuvre.