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Reverse Round a corner - The Fundamentals

Left ReversePosted by Gareth Price Sat, January 28, 2012 20:36:43

Reversing around a corner is a manoeuvre that many people find tricky at first. But just like any other manoeuvre there are some fundamental rules to understand in order to become accomplished at it.

Firstly we need to understand that every corner is different, so a method used on one corner may not work on another.

Secondly being spatially aware of your car and its surroundings allows the manoeuvre to be more accurate.

So how do we reverse around something that is continually changing and at the same time learn to be spatially aware of the car?

The first thing to do is to make sure you don’t rush the manoeuvre. Take your time and use clutch control to keep the speed down to a slow crawl. It is also worthwhile to stop from time to time to assess the road around you and to assess your position. There is no time limit.

Keep in mind that you are trying to get the car to stay between the white centre lines and the kerb just the same as when you turn into a side road going forwards.

Start the manoeuvre about a drains width from the kerb and no more than 2 car lengths from the turning. Select reverse, look around and then use clutch control to edge the car back until you can see the curve of the corner through the rear side window.

At this point stop and check for traffic over your right shoulder as the front is about to swing out.

Edge the car back gently, turning the steering wheel as much as needed to get the car to follow the curve of the corner. Be aware of the position of both sides of the car in relation to the white lines and the kerb. It is worth stopping a few times during the process to assess your position and keep a check on the road around. As the car comes round and parallel to the kerb straighten the wheel and reverse back a round 3 car lengths from the end of the road.


…It takes practice and patience to perfect it.

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