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Cockpit Drill Control

While you can't find a side road or an opening to turn your car, this will be useful for you. Keep the vehicle moving slowly while steering briskly. Close control of the clutch is essential.

Before you turn

Choose a place where

  • you have plenty of room
  • there's no obstruction in the road or on the pavement.

Stop on the left. Avoid lamp-posts or trees near the kerb.
Select first gear and prepare to move.
Check all round, especially your blind spots. Give way to passing vehicles.

Turning across the road

In first gear, move towards the front steadily, turning your steering wheel briskly to full right lock. Your goal is to get the vehicle at a right- angle across the road.

Before reaching the opposite kerb, continue moving your car steadily, begin to steer briskly to the left. Your wheels will then be ready to reverse left.

As you near the kerb. declutch and use the footbrake to stop. It may be necessary to use the parking brake to hold the vehicle if there is a camber or slope in the road.

To reverse

Select reverse gear.

Check the way is clear all round. Look through the rear window over your left shoulder to start with. Reverse slowly across the road, turning the steering wheel as far to the left as possible (full left lock).

Look round over your right shoulder as the vehicle nears the rear kerb. At the same time, turn your steering wheel briskly to the right.

Press the clutch pedal, and use the footbrake to stop.
Your wheels should be pointing to the right, ready to drive forward again.

To drive forward again

Apply the parking brake if necessary, and select first gear.

Check that the road is clear and drive forward when it's safe to do so.

You might have to reverse again if the road is narrow or your vehicle is difficult to steer.

Straighten up on the left-hand side of the carriageway.

If your vehicle overhangs the kerb at any point, make sure there are no pedesuians nearby or there is any street fumiture.(lamp-posts, bins, signs) or trees that you might hit.


All-round observation is essential throughout the manoeuvre.