Reverse around a corner

Reverse around a corner

Reverse around the corner isn’t an easy manoeuvre for a lot of people. At Peak Driving, we want all of our pupils to feel completely confident with every aspect of their driving test so here are some top test tips if you feel you would like some extra clarification with the reverse around the corner.

On your driving test, your examiner will ask you to pull up on the left just before a minor road. Once you have pulled up he/she will say “I would like you to drive passed the road on the left and then stop. Reverse back into the minor road, staying reasonably close to the kerb for some reasonable distance. This must be done with due regard and safety for other road users.”

You may be asked to do this manoeuvre on a level, uphill or down hill. Usually the road will be reasonably quiet in a built up area.

How to do the reverse to the left:

Begin with your POM routine. (Preparation, observation and manoeuvre) Put your vehicle into 1st gear and find your biting point. Complete your all round observations and drive passed the road on the left assuming it is safe to do so.

Look into the road on the left as you drive past. Are there any potential driving hazards? Parked cars, rubbish in the road, children playing in the street etc. If you feel it is safe take a look and how bendy or sharp the corner is as it may help you during the manoeuvre.

Stop your car around three car lengths away from the corner. Check your mirror/s on the approach and then apply a signal to pull up. Try not to stop too far away from the corner.

After stopping, select reverse gear so your reverse light shows and then cancel your signal.

You are now prepared to begin the Reverse to the Left. Re-do your POM routine release the handbrake and begin to reverse back very slowly towards the corner if it’s safe.

Ensure you are predominately looking over your left shoulder when reversing around a corner, however, it is still important to scan ahead for oncoming vehicles. Check your left door mirror for updates on where the kerb is. Your point of turn will be when the vehicle is about to pass the corner.

Complete a 360 observation to make everything’s safe before you begin to turn the wheel. Whilst the car is slowly moving, turn the wheel one full turn to the left.

Your vehicle should be bending around the corner. You should remain a drain width from the kerb throughout the the reverse to the left. If your car appears further than this, turn more to the left. If it seems less than a drain width, then you will need to turn the wheel to the right.

Get ready to straighten up as your car comes around the corner. Glance in your door mirror to judge if your car looks parallel with the kerb. Once the car is in line with the kerb straighten your wheels. Just the same as doing a Bay Park or a Turn in the Road, try and not to dry steer. and continuously observe what’s around you.

Continue to reverse back for three car lengths, stopping and securing the car in a safe place. Try to avoid blocking driveways or double parking. If the examiner asks you to stop reversing, don’t panick. They’re happy with what they have seen and what you to drive on again.

In the event a vehicle turns up whilst you are reversing around the actual corner, stop and make eye contact with the driver. If they continue to wait behind you, then you will have to return back to your original starting position and start again.


Throughout this manoeuvre, you should keep scanning all around for effective observations. If a vehicle approaches you think whether or not what you are doing will effect them. If you think it will or you’re not quite sure then stop as they have priority. Wait until they pass and then continue as normal.

If you want more help on how to do a Reverse to the Left or want to enquire about driving lessons, call one of our PeakDriving representatives today and we will be more than happy to help.