Driving test manoeuvre "how to" videos

In the past, we have made something similar to the current "how to" video for manoeuvres. This is a very popular trend with many contibutors in the training sector using the popular Youtube platform to host their videos. Recently, a number of our pupils have been researching this sort of thing on-line in between driving lessons and coming across all sorts of advice from would be gurus

To be fair, some of it is good, but not much. So we have updated our own videos and guides so that you can review and revise with 100% accurate content to match the way we teach and practice these manoeuvres on lessons. So bookmark this page or download the .pdf file, and you will always have access to the latest accurate information for your revision

New videos will be added weekly, but in order to keep this facility free to you, I produce the content myself, and I do not claim to be a video production engineer, so please let me know if something doesn't seem quite right. Your input is much appreciated

Steve

Common rules for ALL manoeuvres:

ALWAYS reverse slowly, stopping regularly to check the mirrors and blindspots by completing a FULL 360deg  check before re-starting or changing direction

DO NOT try to check the mirrors while reversing, YOU WILL NEGLECT the safety observations. SAVE YOURSELF MONEY by adopting this approach NOW

ENSURE that you have a plan of action BEFORE you start the manoeuvre ESPECIALLY if it is on the road

These rules apply to ALL MANOEUVRES and so are not necessarily repeated throughout the videos

 

Manoeuvre tips

PARALLEL PARKING

Parallel Parking - Graphic

No-one likes it. Some are competent, many are not. The test standard does not require you to squeeze your car into a tiny gap between 2 cars

Our "keep it simple" approach is a winner. Stick with the method and you will succeed

If you can count to 1, you can do this

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REVERSE BAY PARKING

Bay Parking - Graphic

This video has it's focus on the technical nature of this manoeuvre. Showing positions and angles for accuracy, it demonstrates how to position and reverse park your car into a bay on your left

The technique works exactly the same to the right, but is "mirrorred" so you would start on the right and swing to the left. We teach to the left at first as it is a natural progression from the 3 point turn, but switch practice to reversing to the right as test day approaches

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Bay Parking - In Car

Having seen the technical detail demonstrated in the animated video, this in-car multi-view version is to focus on the necessity and frequency of your observations 

Practice will normally be in a quiet car park, it is up to the examiner where this is done on test. We need to accept that as the driver, reversing safely and the safety of others is our responsibility and consequently observations are critical (see general reversing notes)

FORWARDS BAY PARKING

Forwards Bay Parking - Graphic

One of the newer test manoeuvres, when done to the test standard, is relatively easy

Done in a public car park, somewhere in the town, you will be asked to select a bay (on the right is easiest), drive in forwards and then reverse out (usually) in the opposite direction

As we teach, full lock and position with your nose for reverse parking, we stick to the formula to minimise the chance of confusion

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Forwards Bay Parking - In Car

Having seen the technical detail demonstrated in the animated video, this in-car multi-view version is to focus on the necessity and frequency of your observations 

Practice will normally be in a quiet car park, mostly at the test centre at the end of the test, but one day it will be busy. We need to accept that as the driver, reversing safely and the safety of others is ours and consequently observations are critical (see general reversing notes)

PULL UP ON THE RIGHT

Pull up on the right - Graphic

"Pull over and park on the right" to give this manoevure it's full name

You WILL be asked to pull up on the left "somewhere safe" several times during your test. Maybe on a slope, or behind a parked car. This is simply to check your parking and moving away skills and observations

However, if and when you are asked to pull up on the right, you will need to take extra care as you are crossing traffic and will reverse once parked

The reverse element is for "2 car lengths (8m)" and then rejoin traffic when safe to do so (multiple window, mirror, and blind spot checks)

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