How to do Turn in the Road | DTC-UK | Driving Test UK

Hello there, my name is Shaq. In today’s
video I’m going to be showing you how to do the in the road exercise for the
purpose of the driving test. Now before the driving exam that can ask you to do
this exercise he or she will ask you to stop somewhere conveniently safe. Make it easy for yourself by stopping away from parked cars and other obstructions. Once
you’ve stopped on the left assess the road most roads in the UK are like this
they’ve got a slight camber this is for drainage purposes so when it rains the
rain water doesn’t stay on the road it runs down. Later on in the video I’m
going to explain to you the importance this has, in detail, in the road exercise.
Now once you’ve stopped safely the driving some now will say the following
words to you I would like you to turn the vehicle around facing the opposite
direction using both forward and the reverse gears.
Please try avoid touching the curb. Treat the driveway as if though it was part of
the curb. During this exercise the driving examiner will be marking you on
two things. The first is control of the vehicle and the second is the
observations. So what does this actually mean? Well control of the vehicle means
to turn the car around in the least number of moves possible without hitting
the curb. Now if you were to do this exercise in more than three moves you
would not fail the test. However you would get a minor fault. Also if you were
to touch the curb and I mean touch and not hit the curb
you’d get a minor fault. So what is the difference between touching and hitting
the curb? The answer is a speed if you weren’t crawling speed that will be a
touch. However, if you were driving at 3 or 4 miles per hour that would
definitely become a hit. Now as far as observations are concerned the examiner
expects you to do this exercise with due regard to all other road users, including
drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Okay what I’m going to do next I’m going to show
you, I’m going to demonstrate this maneuver to you. The most important thing
in this maneuver is to use the palm routine; prepare, observe and then move. So
I’m in the first gear and I’ve prepared the vehicle. Next I’m going to carry out
my six-point check so firstly I’m going to look over my left shoulder, the left
hand mirror, the road ahead, the interior mirror, the right mirror, and then most
importantly over my right shoulder. So now that I’ve done all
the observations I’m going to steer the wheel towards the right because that’s
where I want the front of the car to go. So I’m steering quickly keeping the
speed slowly as I possibly can the slower the better, making all run
observations. Now that I’ve passed the crown of the road now, that have passed
the crown of the road, the camber going to be going down so as the camber goes
down I’m going to put my clutch down and just let the car roll.
While it’s rolling I’m going to put the clutch down and straighten up the
wheels. Some learner drivers find it difficult to judge how far the curb is.
As a guideline the drivers mirror should be just overhanging the curb. There’s
nothing preventing you from opening a window and putting your head out to see
how far the curb is. Okay this is the first stage of the manoeuvre completed.
Now for the next stage once again I’m in reverse gear so I’ve prepared the
vehicle and now I’m going to carry out my observations. The observations again
starting from my right shoulder, the six point check and ending through the back
window a lot of learner drivers get confused as
to which way they should turn the wheel. Remember if you’re in first gear you
always turn the wheel where you want the front of the car to go. If you’re in
reverse gear always turn the wheel where always turn the wheel where you want the
back of the car to go. So I want the back of the car now to go towards the
passenger, so I’m going to steer towards the passenger. Try not to use the word
right and left when it comes to reversing because if I say I’m going to
steer towards the right which is this way when I come forward my right becomes
the other way. So I’m going to look back and I’m gonna stay out towards the
passenger. So I’m steering quickly keeping the
speed very very slow. I’ve passed the crown of the road so now the camber
going to start pulling me down. I’m going to look over my right shoulder so I can
see how far away from the curb and I’m gonna straighten my wheel. As a guideline I want to be able to see the curb in this corner here.That’s the
second part of the maneuver done I’m now going to do the final part so once again
the pom routine is most important. So make all the observations. Prepare the
vehicle bearing in mind that I’m on a camber so the biting point is very
important you don’t want to get to stronger biting points because otherwise
the cars going to shoot forward. Once you’ve got the biting point just dip the
clutch down just very very slowly about thickness of a pound coin and turn
quickly towards the right. Observation during this maneuver is very
important, in fact it is more important than the manoeuvre itself. If you make a
mistake with the maneuver you can usually correct it however once you’ve
made a mistake with the observation it’s too late to correct. If during the
maneuver you see any movement pedestrian, cyclists or drivers
you must stop. Look at them and reassess the situation. Only proceed if it’s safe
to do so. I hope you found this video informative, if so please give the thumbs
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  1. Hi, I failed my driving test thrice and silly mistakes. My instructor always says that I'm driving well but as soon as I'm out for test I make mistakes. Do you have a school for I can learn.

  2. I have no idea how you don't get more likes or subscribers. I am preparing for by practical and I couldn't have gotten this far without yours and my instructors input. Thank you.

  3. Dear Mr . Shaq, I am preparing for ADI 2 test. I am watching your videos and they are very informative. I just wanted to know when you pass the crown of the road in this maneuver, there is no need to turn the wheels to the opposite direction before you stop the vehicle?
    Thank you!

  4. Even though they have taken this manoeuvre out of the test now it’s still very important to learn how to do it safely ! Thank you great video

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