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A 3 point turn is a required slow speed manoeuvre for a road test. Watch the video to learn how.

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How to Do a 3 Point Turn | Passing a Road Test Smart

 

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Introduction

Hi there smart drivers, Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about how to do a three-point turn.

The three-point turn is another slow speed maneuver that you will be required to demonstrate for the purposes of a road test.

So what we're going to do today we're going to look up the cameras and what we're going to do a three-point turn and show you step-by-step how to do a three-point turn for the purposes of your road test.

Stick around, we'll be right back with that information. [OPENING CREDITS & MUSIC]

When backing for a 3 Point Turn, turn your wheels all the way to the right and just as you're nearing the curb, bring your steer tires back to straight.Prologue

Hi there smart drivers, welcome back. Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about how to do a three-point turn for the purposes of a road test.

Most of the time the examiners are going to indicate to you that you're going to do a three-point turn. And they're gonna get you to pull over to the right side of the road.

When you're pulling over to the right side of the road, ensure that you check your mirrors, do a shoulder check, and signal to the right.

When you're stopped on the side of the road, you're going to do a mirror, signal, shoulder check and put your left signal on

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Most of the time they're going to get you to do this on a dead-end street or a limited-access street.

If they do get you to do it on the street where there's traffic in two directions you're going to have to make sure that there isn't any traffic coming from either direction when you move out to the left.

Pull over to side of road

So you get your left signal on, you steer all the way to the left.

Once you get near the center line, straighten the wheels out, drive all the way to the curb on the other side. When you get to the curb on the other side, put your right signal on, put the vehicle in reverse, and do a 360° scan.

Scan that there isn't any traffic coming from either direction. Start to back up - when the vehicle starts to move, steer all the way to the right and look over your right shoulder.

As you get to the center line straighten the wheels out and then look over your left shoulder because the left side of the vehicle.

Because the vehicle is on an angle, it's going to be the left wheel at the rear of the vehicle - the driver's rear wheel that's going to reach the curb first.

You want to look over your left shoulder, that way you know where to stop near the curb, when you get near the curb.

Put your left signal on, do a 360° scan, signal to the left - look in the direction you want to go, and steer the vehicle, and accelerate into your intended path of travel.

So that's the steps that you need to do in order to do the three-point turn.

As you're driving forward and nearing the kerb for a 3 Point Turn, bring your steer tires back to straight.Step-by-step procedures

So what we're going to do here, we're going to fire up the vehicle and we're going to demonstrate that and talk you through it step by step.

Left signal on, checking the mirrors - no traffic coming from either direction - checking that mirror as well. Shoulder checking, moving the vehicle forward and steering all the way to the left. I'm near the center line, so I'm straightening my wheel out and I'm driving all the way to the curb.

Putting my right signal on and the vehicle in reverse. Do a 360° scan - nothing coming. I started to move the vehicle and I steer all the way to the right looking over my right shoulder. And I'm right near the center line now - straighten my wheels and I look over my left shoulder.

Stop near the curb, vehicle into first (park), 360° scan. There is a vehicle coming from that direction. Left signal and I steer to the left looking in the path that I want to go and I accelerate the vehicle.

Full 3 Point Turn

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Conclusion

Quick review of the three-point turn. You're going to pull up and pull over to the right side of the road.

When you pull over to the right side of the road be sure that you mirror, signal, shoulder check. When you pull over to the right side of the road the examiner may or may not indicate that you're going to do a three-point turn as you're pulling up.

So when you pull over to the right side of the road, secure the vehicle by putting it in park.

Most of you are going to be driving an automatic. For those of you who are brave enough to drive a manual transmission on your road test, put it in neutral and apply the parking brake to secure the vehicle.

When the examiner tells you that you're going to do a three-point turn, do a 360°-degree check and make sure that there isn't any traffic coming from the front or any traffic from the rear.

Mirror, signal, shoulder check to the left. Put your left signal on and put the vehicle into drive or into a forward gear.

As soon as the vehicle starts to move, steer rapidly all the way to the left. When the vehicle gets to the centerline straighten the wheels out.

And as I said before, the steering wheel moves one-and-a-half turns all the way to the left, one and a half turns all the way to the right.

Before pulling out to start your 3 Point Turn and before reversing you must complete a 360° scan to ensure there aren't other road users to whom you must give the right-of-way.So in order to bring it back to straight you've got to bring the steering wheel back one-and-a-half turns back to straight.

When you get to center line of the road, straighten the wheels and drive all the way to the curb or the edge of the road on the other side.

Stop - as soon as you stop the vehicle put it into reverse that way the reverse lights come on.

And put your right signal on - the flashing light gets the attention of other traffic if there is other traffic.

Before you start to reverse, do a 360° degree scan - make sure there aren't any other vehicles or road users-- pedestrians, bicycles, people on scooters, those types of things--even though you will probably be on a quiet street.

So make sure there aren't any other road users. Look over your right shoulder... this would be your right over here.

[CHUCKLING] Start to back up, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right one and a half turns to the right and begin to back up.

When you get to the center line, steer the vehicle back one-and-a-half turns back to straight and look over your left shoulder - this one over here [POINTING TO LEFT SHOULDER] ...this time when you get to center look over that shoulder.

Back up until the rear tire on this side of the vehicle is against the curb. Stop, put the vehicle in drive, do a 360° degree scan, put your left signal on and look in the path of travel.

If the way is clear and there aren't any other road users or vehicles, proceed and look in your path of travel.

Steer the vehicle and accelerate into your intended path of travel. That's the step-by-step procedure for doing a three-point turn.

It is one of the slow speed maneuvers that you will have to do for the purposes of a road test. Be prepared for that - go out and practice - find a quiet place that you can go and do a three-point turn - where there's minimal traffic around.

Question for my smart drivers:

Do you have any tips for doing three-point turns for the purposes of a road test?

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Saluations

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