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How to Turn-In-The_Road

Turn in The RoadPosted by Gareth Price Thu, January 26, 2012 14:23:06

Turn-In-The-Road (or 3-point turn) is widely regarded as an easy manoeuvre, however many people do struggle with it in the early stages. This is because of the new skills needed to complete the manoeuvre safely.

Clutch control is the key. Being able to accurately control the speed of the car during the manoeuvre will enable all other aspects of the manoeuvre to be covered comfortably.

So it’s worth while practicing your clutch control before attempting any manoeuvres.

The fundamentals are very simple. Turn-In-The-Road is made up of “Forward” stages and “Reversing” stages. Each “Forward” stage follows the same pattern and each “Reversing” stage follows the same pattern. So all you have to do is combine as many “Forward” stages with “Reversing” stages until you have turned the car around.

It is worth noting at this stage that although many still refer to the manoeuvre as a 3-point turn, it is not essential that it is done in 3 moves as the name suggests. If it takes a few more moves it doesn’t matter.

Forward Stage…

First prepare the car - First gear, Set the Gas, Feel for a small amount of clutch bite.

Then look around - All mirrors and blind spots.

When the road is clear, remove the handbrake and move gently across the road. Apply all the turn to the Right. As you approach the kerb remove the right turn and stop before hitting the kerb.

Handbrake on, select neutral.

Reversing Stage…

First prepare the car - Reverse gear, Set the Gas, Feel for a small amount of clutch bite.

Then look around - All mirrors and blind spots.

When the road is clear, remove the handbrake and reverse gently across the road, looking out the rear window. Apply all the turn to the Left. As you approach the kerb look over your right shoulder to see how close you are and remove the left turn, stopping before hitting the kerb.

You then do another “Forward” stage and the car should have turned around. If not “Reverse” then “Forward”… and so on…

Follow this pattern applying tight clutch control throughout and you won’t go far wrong. Be patient at first taking your time and before you know it you’ll have it cracked!

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