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Reversing is an essential skill for a road test. Learn how here!

Reversing | Pass a Road Test

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Introduction

AMENDMENT: Leave your seatbelt on for the duration of the road test!

Reversing is an essential skill for a road test. Learn how here! When reversing, you do not have to wear your seatbelt. And it is difficult to have your seatbelt on and move your body into the correct position in order to look out the rear window of the vehicle. Most backing crashes occur because drivers move the vehicle before looking. It is important that you look before moving the vehicle, and look and observe the entire time that you are backing. As well, back slowly—no more than a walking pace—for several reasons. First, the vehicle turns sharper the slower you travel. Second, travelling slowly gives you time to observe. Third, going slowing gives you more time to react. And finally, if you do hit something, a slow moving vehicle will do less damage than one travelling faster. If you are having difficulty reversing go to an empty parking lot or other area where there isn’t any traffic and set up some cones. Practice reversing in a straight line first, and then practice reversing around a corner. And after you’re comfortable with those manoeuvres, practice reversing into a stall park. Good luck on your road test!

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Hi there smart drivers, Rick with Smart Drive Test. Another quick tip for road test smart: reversing for the purposes of a road test. You will have to demonstrate that you can reverse for the purposes of a road test. Many instructors, if you go to a driving school, and they take you down to the road test office will get you to back into the parking space. And when you go out for your road test, oftentimes the examiner will get you to back into the space that you drove out of when you left the driving examination office.

So you will have to demonstrate that you can back up. First and foremost, you don't have to wear a seatbelt when you're backing up for road test or any other time. So take your seatbelt off so that you can move your body in the position that you need to move it into for reversing. Hand on the top of the steering wheel, your right hand on the back of the passenger seat.

And turn your bum so it's almost 90° degrees in the driver's seat so that you can look straight out the back window. And you want to turn your head so that you can look straight out the back window. And you want to be looking the whole time that you have the vehicle in reverse. So looking straight out the back window for the purposes of a road test with a car or light truck.

As well, when you're reversing, go slowly - go very slowly. The slower you go, the sharper the vehicle turns. As well, if you get close to something you have a greater reaction time because you're going slowly and it's less likely that you're going to hit something. So you have more time to operate and move the primary controls of the vehicle. So always, always back slowly. And you don't have to have your seatbelt on. And make sure that you look before you start backing up!