What are the reasons for manoeuvres in a driving test?
To demonstrate to the examiner that, whilst using forward and reverse gears, you can;

1.             Control the car at low speeds displaying good tight clutch and brake control.
2.             Demonstrate reasonable accuracy.
3.             Display good effective observations and show consideration and awareness for other road     users.

You will be asked by the DSA examiner to carry out one of the following manoeuvres during your test:

1.             Reverse parallel parking.
2.             Reverse into a parking bay.
3.             Left-hand reverse.
4.             Right-hand reverse.(Not normally used on learner tests)
5.             Turn in the road.

All manoeuvres should be carried out at slow crawling pace. (The clutch should never come fully past the biting point.)  When reversing, you must look back for more than about 70% of the time taken to carry out the manoeuver and make good use of your mirrors. DO NOTE USE THE LEFT DOOR MIRROR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME this cause you to miss the movement of other road users. Scan your observations; this must be done regularly so you are fully aware of any road users coming into your area. If you see a road user do not continue until you are sure there is no danger. All round effective observations MUST be used.

If at any time you know you are going well offline, or if you are going to hit a kerb, stop and move forward enough to correct the problem. Remember to carry out full observations before moving forward.
Try not to steer when the car is stationary. This is called dry steering which can damage your tyres and steering linkages.

It is a good idea to open your window during the manoeuvres so you can hear other road users as well as see them. Remember to close it before you drive off.

You may also remove your seat belt when carrying out a manoeuvre which includes reversing to allow you to turn easier in the seat. However; you MUST remember to re-fasten your seat belt. If you drive off after completing the manoeuvre without your seat belt on, you will have committed a serious driving fault for which you will fail your driving test.

All the manoeuvres must be carried out at a safe, legal and convenient location. The
DVSA examiner will chose the location.

Remember for all the following routines are a guide, you must vary the steering to ensure accuracy.

Always be:


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