Steering in reverse is a great way to build confidence. It's the starting block to backing out of an angle park or reverse parallel parking.

Set07 Steering in reverse v4

Where should you practise this?

Start in a quiet space, like an empty carpark, until you get the hang of it and are ready for public roads.

Before you start reversing

  • Check to make sure there are no children or pets around your car before you get in.
  • When you're in your car, check behind you for any hazards.
  • Follow the brake-gear-mirrors routine:
  1. Press the brake in.
  2. Put car into reverse gear.
  3. Check mirrors and blind spots.
  • Turn your body to the left and look out your rear window (if you're not using a reversing camera).

Starting to reverse

  • Release the brake - you'll start to move backwards.
  • Gently press on the accelerator if you need to go faster.
  • Keep your eyes high - look where you want to go, not just right out the back window.
  • Keep a watch for hazards - check in blind spots, side mirrors and side windows.
  • When you're a car length from where you want to stop, lift your foot off the accelerator and press the brake smoothly.
  • Follow the stopping routine.

Tips for practising steering in reverse

  • Mark a space with cones or plastic bottles. Use it to practise backing into a narrow space (without putting any other cars at risk!).
  • Start by reversing in a straight line until you're comfortable.
  • Next try adding a 90 degrees turn to the left and right, like you'd need to do when reversing into a driveway for example.

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