Turns and Manoeuvres
For many learners the most feared part of the driving test is the "3 point turn", a manoeuvre
which in fact doesn't exist any more, it has been replaced by the "turn in the road". All such basic manoeuvering
can only be really learned by practicing, but there are more points which can be learned beforehand. The skills
learned at this time are fundamental to many other car manoeuvering skills to be added later and success in them
inspires greater confidence in a driver. Practice!
Before carrying out any turn in the road you should consider whether there is a safer way of
turning around. Turns in the road should only be attempted in quiet roads, they are inherently dangerous and
usually a safer turning method is just a little further up the road, perhaps a roundabout or service station
Turns in the road are forbidden on motorways, dual carriageways and many other A
Turns in the road are dangerous because drivers rarely signal their intentions properly, other
drivers often misinterpret the signals and the manoeuvre can take quite a long time and disrupt traffic.
If there is no alternative - and this is rare - and the road is a single carriageway:
pull up close to the kerb on your left
now signal right
check for a suitable gap both sides of the road
move off on right steering lock
2/3 of the way across put on full left steering lock and stop before the kerb
Put the car into reverse
check the road is clear both ways
reverse 2/3 across the road on the full left lock and then change to full right lock pulling up before
touching the kerb
handbrake on again
Keep repeating those steps until the turn is made. Always ensure you are aware of and not
endangering other traffic during the manoeuvres.
Try to avoid turns in the road - seek an alternative.
Practice only on quiet roads.
Article © Graham Benge 2007