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? The reason for this manoeuvre is to turn the car around to go back in the direction from which you have just come. One needs to check if there is a rbt in the distance which could accomplish this requirement with less of a risk involved.
b) Is it safe to carry out the manoeuvre? Are there a lot of people around, or children playing beside the road, Is it school timings?
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 that are obstructing your path?
d) Is it legal? If the road is a one way, then you obviously cannot turn back on it.
Once the above has been established, we can now proceed with the actual manoeuvre
To begin when deciding to stop on the side of the road to carry out this manoeuvre it is important to get as close to the side of the road as possible, so that you can utilize as much of the width of the road as possible.
As is the case with all manoeuvres, all round observation is of utmost importance.
In this manoeuvre when turning the steering wheel it is important to move the car as slowly as possible.
Another factor to be kept in mind is the slope of the road and the camber in the road.
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.
Any biting point, if used, based on the slope in the road, should be very small as you want to move forward very slowly.
When you begin moving forward turn the wheel ‘full lock to the right’. The car will, ostensibly climb up the hill in the middle of the road and then climb down the other side. The use of clutch control and brake control comes into play.
When the car front tyres are a little less than a meter away from the curb that is in front of your car, continue useing brake control and steer the car back full lock to the left while moving forward almost imperceptibly.
Once the steering is in the ‘left lock ‘ position, put the hand brake on and select reverse gear.
Find a biting point whilst in reverse gear, as the car will roll forward towards the curb if you do not have one, look all around and release the hand brake. Control the speed of the car in reverse, maintain all round observations especially through the rear windscreen, by turning your head around. ( It is not sufficient to look in your mirrors.)
Once again the car climbs the central hill and then goes down the other side. This time based on the width of the road it may not be necessary to go all the way back to the other curb, as we did when moving forward. One just needs to reverse as far as is required to, in order to move off without touching the curb in front.( This judgement will come with practice.)
When you feel you are about to reach the position where you do not need to go further back, turn the steering wheel ‘full lock to the right’ and stop moving the car in reverse as soon as you have turned the steering back to the right.
Engage the parking break (hand brake).
Put the car into 1st. Gear, get a ‘biting point’ look all around especially up and down the road you are on, release the hand brake when you are satisfied that it is safe to do so and move off smoothly and safetly, checking all mirrors as you straighten out in the road.