The objective of this lesson is to turn the car around to face the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears, without letting the tyres touch either the kerb or entering a driveway. Being able to demonstrate a turn in the road shows all the necessary skill to fully control a car. This manoeuvre is known as the ‘three point turn’. But we avoid this term because it can be completed in more turns where necessary – three points are a minimum, not a maximum.

Success with this manoeuvre requires the demonstration of three essential skills:

1. Vehicle control – proper co-ordination between steering and foot control

2. Accuracy – Steering briskly in the correct direction at the appropriate points

3. Observation – awareness about any traffic, including pedestrians.

The exercise demonstrates the driver’s ability to fully control the car, while at the same time using the correct observation techniques to look in the right places. The turn in the road is an important part of learning as it is an alternative to reversing round a corner as a method of changing direction.

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Turn in the road

Under Control

Co-ordination of the foot controls with the steering

Using

Full and quick turns of the steering wheel

Not Manoeuvring

Too fast or excessively slow

Accurately

Correct steering for intended course

Not

hitting or mounting the curb

stopping too far from the kerb

taking more movements than necessary

With observation

Where to look before reversing

Where to look while manoeuvring

Acting

Sensibly on what is seen

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For this exercise choose somewhere quiet with a slight camber. The ability to combine safe observation with good co-ordination of all the car’s controls is needed. Below three steps are needed to complete this manoeuvre;

1. For moving away:

 Preparation – Pre-start checks and start engine, select first gear and set gas.

 Observation – Normal observations

 Manoeuvre – Prepare and release the handbrake and slowly let clutch up until the car moves. Keep your feet still.

 Exercise – Move slowly forwards using clutch control. Steer briskly and fully to the right. When over the crown, clutch down and cover brake. Steer briskly to the left, move slowly forwards using brake control. Gently brake to a stop close to the kerb. Apply handbrake and make the car safe.

2. For reversing:

 Preparation – Prepare for an uphill start in reverse gear.

 Observation – Normal observations

 Manoeuvre – Prepare and release the handbrake and slowly let clutch up until the car moves. Keep your feet still.

 Exercise – Move slowly backwards using clutch control. Steer briskly and fully to the left. Over the crown, clutch down and look over the right shoulder. Steer briskly to the right. Move slowly backwards using brake control. Gently brake to a stop close to the kerb. Apply handbrake and make the car safe.

3. For moving forwards into a parking position:

 Preparation – Prepare for an uphill start in reverse gear.

 Observation – Normal observations

 Manoeuvre – Prepare and release the handbrake and slowly let clutch up until the car moves. Keep your feet still.

 Exercise – Move slowly forwards using clutch control. Steer to the right. Over the crown, clutch down and steer to the left, move slowly forwards, check mirrors and signal if necessary. Gently brake to a stop close to the kerb. Apply handbrake and make the car safe.

Fig: Turn in the Road or three point turn

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Frequently asked questions-

1. What are the faults to be taken care of during turning in the road/three point turn?

 Driving too fast for the traffic conditions

 Poor co-ordination of the controls including the handbrake

 Not completing the manoeuvre in three points in a sufficiently wide road.

 Insufficient and/or ‘shuffle’ steering

 Poor assessment of proximity of the kerb, particularly to rear when reversing

 Not looking in the correct direction

 Indecision regarding waiting traffic

 Not showing proper recognition of other road users.

Eco safe tip – Always perform your manoeuvres with a warm engine; it is much more eco-friendly.

Food for thought – (You should give a think to the below and discuss this with your instructor)

Where will you need to look when:

1. Going forwards?

2. Reversing?

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Appendix

Contents of this lesson are taken from:

DVLA – The Official Highway Code

https://www.gov.uk/highway-code

Adi News Magazine

LDC Driving School’s YouTube videos

http://www.paulloader.co.uk/

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