At Peak Driving, your instructor will fully prepare all of your manoeuvres for the day of your test including: Parallel Park, Turn in the Road, Reverse to the Left and Bay Park. We have a lot of pupils come to us who say that their previous driving instructors have confused them with difficult techniques that they cant seem to get the hang of. With us, we want to show you the simplest, quickest way to save you time and money.
If you are asked to do a Bay Park, it will usually be at the beginning of your test. Your examiner will ask you to drive out to the left or right (usually the left), stop with your wheels straight and reverse backwards into any one of the bays that are free.
1. Begin with your POM routine (Preparation, observation, manoeuvre) and come forwards out of the bay and turn in the direction your examiner has asked you to, leaving quite a lot of space between yourself and the bay. Check your mirrors and remember to straighten your wheels before you stop.
2. Once you have stopped, secure your handbrake and put your vehicle into reverse. Start the POM routine again beginning with your right shoulder and reverse back slowly until your focal point on your passenger door is in line with one of the white bay markings. Your Peak Driving instructor will show you your focal point for your vehicle. Keep your speed slow you can continue to look all around you.
3. Once your focal point is in line with the bay marking, continue to reverse back and turn your wheel full lock to the left. Maintain a slow speed until your vehicle is almost straight from where you started and stop. Make sure you can see the lines of the bay and the space between them and your vehicle are even on either side.
4. If this is the case, double check what’s around you once more and continue to reverse, straightening your wheels as you come into the bay. You should be predominately looking over your left shoulder for updates of what’s behind you and glancing in your door mirrors.
5. Once you are happy with your position in the bay, secure the vehicle with the handbrake and select neutral.
6. If you are unsure that you are in the bay correctly, you can do the following to check your position :
Use your door mirrors to see if the white lines on either side look even.
Look over your left shoulder, there are often trees/walls behind parking spaces which can help you judge your position.
If you are really unsure you can wind down your window and stick your head out to double check you are within the lines.
As long as your car is secure, you can open your car door to check
Look beside you if you are parked next to other vehicles and see if you have came back the same sort of distance as them.
Points to Remember
If another vehicle approaches you remember to stop as they have priority. If they choose to, wait reset observations and proceed with caution.
Avoid dry steering. This means turning your wheel when the car isn’t moving. It can damage the tread on your tyres and knock out the wheel alignment on the car. It is also deemed as a minor fault on your driving test.
It’s important that you keep looking all around you during the manoeuvre on your driving test for any changes in the road. Also, remember to look over your left shoulder, especially when coming back into the bay.
Make sure your definitely going into your bay and not cutting across into another. Imagine there are vehicles beside you even if they’e not.
If you feel you are starting to cut across into another bay, stop before you come too far back, put the car into 1st gear, reset your observations and take a shunt to the left, right or forwards depending on your position. This will give you enough space to adjust your position when you’re going back into bay and is fine to do on your test.
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