When learning to drive in Leicester, as with all manoeuvres, it is important that all round observation is maintained continuously. In order to complete this manoeuvre more efficiently and comfortably there are certain parameters that have been worked out to facilitate your convenience.
All driving schools in Leicester will have their own method of completing a particular manoeuvre, if in doubt when you read another method, please consult your driving instructor in Leicester
Your driving Instructor in Leicester will always remind you of the first few things that should come to your mind when you decide to go in for a manoeuvre of this sort:
a) Is it required? This is a question you will be taught to ask yourself every time you are lining up to carry out a manoeuvre when you are learning to drive in Leicester with Go Green Driving Academy. For this particular manoeuvre this question is not so relevant but has been included in order to create a habit.
b) Is it safe to carry out the manoeuvre? Are there a lot of people around, including children, beside the bays?
c) Is it convenient? Is the road broad enough for you not to be obstructing other traffic during the course of your manoeuvre? Are there a lot of parked cars sticking out of their bays, that are obstructing your path?
d) Is it legal? Is the bay for a particular kind of person or vehicle eg. Disabled or Parents with children, or a designated keep clear?
You need to position your car a minimum of a cars width (A) away from the imaginary line drawn across the tops of the bays.(dotted horizontal line in the drawing below)
Check All round observation after preparing your car. Remember if there is anything moving on two feet, two wheels or 4 or more wheels within 20 yards of your car you must stop and ensure that they are aware of what you are attempting and start moving again only if you are sure that they are not affected by your cars actions.
You now reverse back at a very slow even pace. When your steering wheel is in line with a bay line (as approximately in the blue car above) keeping the car at still the same speed of reversing, without stopping the car, the wheel now needs to be turned full lock to the right at a relatively slow even pace, without stopping the process of turning till you have reached full lock.
At this juncture a point to be noted is that each individual students pace of reversing or speed of turning the steering wheel will be different from each other. With trial and error one has to fix the speed that gets you to finish the exercise with the car comfortably placed between the two lines of the bay you have aimed for.
Normally you should end up in the third bay from the line that you have initially lined up with. (In the drawing above, when counting from left to right, if the blue car has lined up with the third line from the left, the car will finally end up in the last bay on the right.)
Remember whenever any manoeuvre is carried out, all round observation is a must with emphasis on looking back through the rear windscreen when reversing. Not looking back through the rear windscreen can result in a failure at the test.
To park into a bay that is on your near side, the same parameters are to be observed except, this time the one cars width distance in the first step has to be on the left side of the car and not on the right.
If you find you are ending up too close to the line on your near side, you need to continue the turn till pass the straight. When your right back wheel is almost in the correct position ie. the correct distance from the line on the off side then turn the wheel back to left lock and then straight only when the car is once more in the straight position.
If the opposite is happening as mentioned in the paragraph above, ie. your car appears to be going too close to the line on your offside or the drivers side, then start straightening out before you reach the straight position. This way your car will move away from the line on your offside and start moving towards the other line. When the rear nearside wheel comes almost into place turn the wheel full lock to the right again, and then straighten out when the car is straight.
Same steps need to be followed when entering a Bay from the opposite side except that the directions used will now be in the opposite.