Essential Driving Skills
From 5th May 1999 you may be required to do the reverse park exercise as a reversing into a parking bay at the driving test car park. If you are asked to reverse into a parking bay, you can usually choose whether to reverse from the right or the left. When practicing you will be able to see which way suits you best.
Reverse parking into a bay must be carried out at the Test Centre at the start or end of the test, when there is a car park at the Test Centre. So if your Test Centre does not have a car park, you will NOT be asked to do this exercise.
You can either reverse into a bay to your right in which case you will be able to see the bay clearly over your right shoulder or you can reverse into the bay to your left in which case you get a clear view of the bay in your rear window. The left hand reverse is generally considered to be the easier option, however it can only be used if you have plenty of space in front of the bay.
The following are what you should be looking out for when dealing with a bay park:
is OK for you to move a mirror before starting the manoeuvre, just make
sure that you do not become too reliant on the mirror and forget to use
all round observations or else you will justifiably pick up an observation
fault. Remember that all round observations are essential when carrying
out this manoeuvre with occasional quick glances at the side mirror for
checking your position.
The Driving Test
The examiner on the driving test will expect you to do your bay parking:-
The examiner will also be looking to see that you:-
1. Are aware of other