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How to: Reversing

While learning to drive you’ll notice how comfortable you are with going forward, its easy, you can clearly see where you’re going and turning the wheel makes total sense! So, let’s try and make that the same with reversing, it doesn’t have to be, let’s get you reversing like an absolute pro!

Sean O'Neill

Reversing 

When it comes to reversing, it’s considered an advanced diving technique that requires a certain level of skill and experience. It involves driving backwards and allows the diver to navigate through tight spaces and reach areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. Don’t worry, as daunting as it sounds it can be learned! So, in this article, we will cover the basics of reversing, reversing around a corner, and making a turn in the road while diving.

The basics

First, let’s discuss the basics of reversing. To begin, make sure you are in the clear and have good visibility. When you are ready, take your time and slowly begin to crawl backwards. When reading this we hope you’ve already learned to go forward, so it’ll be the same controls, but for those of you who haven’t started driving check out this guide on controlling the car.

Reversing around a corner 

As you become more comfortable with reversing, you can begin to experiment with different speeds and techniques. For example, rather than reversing in just a straight line, you can move onto reversing around a corner. 

Reversing around a corner is a bit more challenging. When reversing around a corner, it is important to maintain control of your speed and direction. As you approach the corner, begin to slow down and use your fins to make small adjustments to your direction.

To make the turn signal to indicate that you will be reversing. Use your right indicator if you are reversing to the right, and your left indicator if you are reversing to the left. Check your mirrors and look over your shoulder to make sure the area behind you is clear. Slowly begin reversing, turning your steering wheel in the opposite direction of the turn you want to make. Keep your eyes moving, looking back and forth between your mirrors and the corner. Adjust your speed and steering as needed to make the turn smoothly. Once you have completed the turn, check your mirrors and look over your shoulder again to make sure the area behind you is clear before moving forward. Remember to always give way to pedestrians and other vehicles.

Turn in the road

Making a turn in the road while reversing is similar to reversing around a corner. The key difference is that you will be making a turn while moving forward. 

Before making a 3-point turn, use your indicator to signal to other drivers that you intend to change direction. Position your vehicle on the left-hand side of the road, as close to the side as possible. Reverse your vehicle until the back of it is level with the front of the oncoming vehicle, or as close as possible. Check your mirrors and over your shoulder to make sure that it is safe to make the turn. Look out for pedestrians, bicycles, and other vehicles. Turn the steering wheel fully to the right, and move forward into the road that you wish to turn into. Position your vehicle on the left-hand side of the road, as close to the side as possible, ready to move forward. Check your mirrors and over your shoulder again to make sure it is safe to continue. Remember to cancel your signal after completing the turn.

Let’s think about it, reversing is something you’re going to pick up along your driving journey, it may not be instant, but with enough practice there’s nothing to worry about. By following the tips discussed in this article, you can learn how to safely and effectively reverse, reverse around a corner, and make a turn in the road while diving. Remember to always practise in a safe and controlled environment, and to work with a qualified instructor if you are unsure about any aspect of reversing. 

As mentioned, getting in the practice is key, and here at Veygo we find the best way to practise outside your driving lessons is to grab some of our learner driver insurance and hope in a friend or family member’s car and get practising!

Sean O'Neill

Having studied English literature in university I now work within motor insurance and work closely with data teams to understand market trends in short-term car insurance and hot topics that might be helpful to car drivers out there. I'm currently learning to drive and taking driving lessons to get out on the road by myself soon!

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