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09 / 07 / 24

Manoeuvres – pulling up on the right and reversing back.

Passing your driving test involves mastering a variety of manoeuvres, one of which is the pull-over and reverse back task. This exercise tests your ability to safely pull over to the right side of the road, reverse back two car lengths, and then rejoin the flow of traffic using the POM (Prepare, Observe, Move) routine. Let’s break down the steps to execute this manoeuvre flawlessly.

Step 1: Pulling Over to the Right

  1. Check Your Mirrors: Before pulling over, check your rear-view and side mirrors to ensure there is no traffic behind you. It’s crucial to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  2. Signal Your Intentions: Use your right indicator to signal that you intend to pull over. This alerts other road users of your planned action.
  3. Choose a Safe Spot: Select a safe and convenient location to pull over. Avoid driveways, bus stops, and pedestrian crossings.
  4. Slow Down Gradually: Reduce your speed smoothly while checking your mirrors to ensure it’s safe to proceed.
  5. Pull Over: Steer gently towards the curb, maintaining control of the vehicle. Ensure you stop close enough to the curb without hitting it. Ideally, aim for about 30 cm (a foot) away from the curb.

Step 2: Reversing Back Two Car Lengths

  1. Prepare to Reverse: Once you have stopped, shift your gear into reverse.
  2. 360-Degree Observation: Perform a thorough check of your surroundings. Look over both shoulders and use your mirrors to ensure it’s safe to begin reversing. Pay particular attention to any pedestrians or vehicles that might be approaching.
  3. Control Your Speed: Release the brake gently and begin to reverse slowly. Use the clutch (in a manual car) or control the throttle (in an automatic) to maintain a slow and steady pace.
  4. Steer as Needed: Keep the car straight by making small adjustments with the steering wheel. If necessary, turn slightly to keep parallel with the curb.
  5. Reverse Two Car Lengths: Continue reversing until you have moved back approximately two car lengths. Use reference points or markers to gauge the distance accurately.
  6. Stop Smoothly: Come to a smooth stop after reversing the required distance. Ensure your car is still parallel to the curb.

Step 3: Rejoining the Road Using the POM Routine

  1. Prepare:
    • Gear: Shift your car into first gear (or Drive in an automatic).
    • Feet: Place your right foot over the accelerator and your left foot on the clutch (for manual cars).
    • Hands: Position your hands on the steering wheel, ready to steer back onto the road.
  2. Observe:
    • Mirrors: Check your rearview and side mirrors for oncoming traffic.
    • Blind Spots: Look over your left shoulder to check your blind spot for any vehicles or cyclists that might be approaching.
    • Environment: Ensure there are no pedestrians, cyclists, or obstacles in your path.
  3. Move:
    • Signal: Indicate left to show your intention to rejoin the road.
    • Re-check: Perform a final check of your mirrors and blind spots.
    • Move Off: Release the handbrake and gently accelerate while steering back onto the road. Ensure you do this smoothly to avoid jerky movements.
    • Build Speed: Once you are on the road, gradually build up your speed to match the flow of traffic.

Practice Makes Perfect

Successfully executing this manoeuvre during your driving test demonstrates your ability to control the vehicle, observe your surroundings, and make safe decisions. Practicing in a quiet area with minimal traffic will help build your confidence. Remember, calmness and attentiveness are key.

By mastering these steps, you’ll be well on your way to passing your driving test and becoming a competent driver. Good luck!

 

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