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Reversing around a corner for the test!

Reversing around a corner for the test!

You will be asked to perform a reverse around a left corner in the driving test.  The first thing to do is to look all around before you reverse.  There is no need to indicate because your reversing lights will come on.

Keep it slow using clutch control and look behind more than the mirrors.   You should look over your left shoulder but make sure to get a right shoulder check before you begin to turn the wheel as well as two more right shoulder checks on the bend.  You can look in your left mirror but only briefly in order to line up the kerb with the side of the car.  If you lose sight of the kerb don't worry, this is normal and it means you are not close to the kerb.  If you can't see the kerb then keep steering gently and when you do see it re-appearing then straighten up.

If any vehicles approach from behind you should stop and let them go, if you find yourself stopped in the middle of the bend and you are causing an obstruction then the most practical thing to do is go back to the start and begin again.  This will defuse the situation and allow other road users to proceed.

Be aware of how your back wiper and back demister operates as these could be handy in case of bad weather as they will enhance your visibility.  Try to let down the windows slightly as this will help you hear a bit better.  Very often you will hear something before you see it.

The steering you use is important.  There is no need to steer fast and get quick full locks on the wheel as this could cause confusion and perhaps encourage the car to weave in and out.  Gentle steers is best especially at the end where small corrections is preferable.  Keep reversing until the tester tells you to stop. 

So keep it slow, look behind mostly and gentle steers.

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The Cockpit Drill before you start your engine

The Cockpit Drill before you start your engine

The cockpit drill consists of making sure you are safe and comfortable in your car before you start the engine.  It may seem obvious but it is absolutely crucial that you feel at ease in your car and familiar with the controls.

The first thing you should do is make sure that you have securely closed all your doors, give the door a firm movement and if in doubt, re-open and close firmly again.  However, if you do open your door you must check the relevant side mirror and over your shoulder to make sure there is nothing about to overtake you on that side.  Once that is done, adjust your seat to make sure you are at an appropriate height.  You should be able to press the clutch in fully without a stretch on your leg.  Your back should be reasonably straight and your headrest should be in line with the back of your head.

Next is the mirrors.  Make sure that your centre mirror is fixed in such a way that you only have to glance with your eyes.  You shouldn't have to move your head excessively or dip your head down to see in the mirror.  You should be able to view everything out the back window, including your back wiper if you have one.  The gearstick should also be in neutral with the handbrake fully up.  You also have to fasten your seatbelt.

Finally you should make certain that the steering wheel is adjusted so you can reach it easily.  There should be a small bend in your elbows as you have your hands in the 3.45 position on the wheel.  Most steering wheels can be adjusted via a release lever under the steering wheel but above your legs. 

You should also be aware of the other controls in the car such as wipers, wiper washers, lights, hazard lights, fog lights, demisters, signals, electric windows, side mirror adjustments.  The more knowledgeable you are about your car the better off you will be.

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