Turn In The Road

A turn in the road can be a safe way to turn your car around. As with all manoeuvres effective observation is essential if you are going to perform it safely.

This manoeuvre is deliberately called Turn in the Road instead of “Three Point Turn” because you can use more than three movements (it has to be in odd multiples, though in order to change direction) and suffer no serious markings for errors. However, more than five and you are not using the controls properly. This will be frowned upon!

Do not take your seat belt off, although the law says you can, unless it is really physically beneficial for you to do so. After all, you are only going to reverse a few yards, and there are often problems finding somewhere to stop afterwards, to put it on again. What’s more, you might forget, and the examiner would have to remind you – not a matter that would affect your test result, but unsettling for you.

If you touch the kerb, and I mean touching not banging, it probably won’t matter. Driving on to it will.

It is permissible to do this manoeuvre without using the accelerator, using tick over only provided there is no loss of control. This is with a modern car that has an engine management unit (EMU). Without such a unit, it will not be possible.

At every stage of the manoeuvre make sure you observe your environment effectively, making sure you check your blind spots. Always be on the look out for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

If another vehicle approaches from either side don’t wave them on to drive past you. Theyb should stop, give you the right of way and let you finish the turn in the road.

Try to only turn the steering wheel while the car is moving. Turning the wheels whilst stationary is know as ‘dry steering’ and can cause wear to the tyres.

Not all road surfaces are level, many are not. As you drive over the centre of the road be careful not to let the car run away if there is a downhill camber. If necessary, apply the foot brake gently.