In this episode of Driving Instructor Masterclass, we're taking a look at the Reverse Bay Park. This is when you reverse into a parking space in order to be able to pull out of it forwards. It's a manoeuvre you may get on your driving test and something you'll often use in life as a full licence holder, so knowing your reference points and getting the hang on this will help a lot in your driving life!
- Control – keep the vehicle slow, and control the speed
- Accuracy – keep within the lines of the bay
- Observation – be aware of everything that is happening around you and act accordingly
Step by step – reverse bay parking
Make sure you are following the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre (Look, Tell, Do) routine throughout this manoeuvre. Keep checking those mirrors!
How to perform the reverse bay park
- Make sure you're doing lots of observations, making sure it's safe before starting the manoeuvre
- Pull up past the space, looking where the white lines are in your mirrors and position
- Making sure it's safe, turning the wheel all the way in and continuing to check those mirrors, as well as up and down the road. Keep looking for the white lines so you know when you're positioned in the bay
- You can adjust if you need to by turning the wheel
- Once round, straighten the wheel and continue to reverse back. If it's not quite right, pull forward (don't forget to check for traffic or pedestrians) and reverse back, turning the way you want the back of the car to go
- You're done!
The 45 degree angle
Something a lot of experienced drivers do is turn the car out, before they turn it in - this can make it easier to reverse in. A lot of people may not realise but this is perfectly acceptable to do on your driving test. Of course, we'd suggest performing the manoeuvre the way that suits you best, and the one you're most comfortable and confident with.
- Use the same approach and observations as usual, looking all around and finding the bay you want to park in
- As you come up to the space and the lines of the bay disappear from your view at the front on the car, check over your right shoulder and pull forward whilst turning across at the front as far as you can go
- You'll now need to select reverse and drop into the bay - by turning the wheel back around
- You should see the line on your left hand side appearing first, followed by the line on the right
- You can now straighten the wheel completely and reverse all the way back, continuing your observations
Don't forget to keep breathing, take things slow and steady, and don't panic. Practice is key - find the way in which you prefer to tackle this manoeuvre and we're sure if it comes up on your test, you'll be good to go!