Reversing around the corner or left corner reverse as it is often referred is one of 4 manoeuvres you must learn before taking your driving test and is a manoeuvre that many people can find quite tricky to master. There is no need to worry because with our help, you will soon be able to execute this move perfectly time after time.

The reverse round a corner manoeuvre is one of the more common manoeuvres asked by the test examiner for you to perform during the practical driving test. By demonstrating the ideal technique along with reference points that the examiner will be looking for, you will greatly increase your chances of performing this manoeuvre to a suitable level.

What Will The Examiner Be Looking For?

The reverse around the corner is an optional test manoeuvre and for car drivers would usually be to the left rather than to the right. When you take your test, the examiner will check that you:

  • Pull up in a suitable position two car lengths beyond the side road you are required to reverse into and about half a metre from the side of the road
  • Select reverse gear and make all round observations before starting the manoeuvre
  • Take good observations through the rear window as the car moves backwards
  • Use clutch control to maintain a slow speed and to pause when taking all round observations
  • Make all round observations as necessary during the reverse and in particular before steering to negotiate the corner and before straightening the wheels to reverse down the side road
  • Keep reasonably close to the kerb (well within a metre) throughout the exercise and avoid crossing the centre of the side road
  • Reverse for a reasonable distance into the side road in a straight line before stopping (2-3 car lengths)
  • Deal correctly with other road users and pedestrians
  • Fasten your seat belt before moving off (if you unfastened it at the start of the exercise)

For more tips and information, please check out our instructional video below.