Turn In The Road

ADI Part 2 Manoeuvres – Turn In The Road

Preparing to start the Turn In The Road. Effective observations are essential to complete the manoeuvre successfullyThis manoeuvre is completed in just about every part 2 test, and used to be refereed to commonly as the ‘3 point turn’

The Turn In The Road involves all the skills of good driving, excellent coordination and effective all round observations required of a trainee for success at part 2.

Your trainer should give you all the practice you need at this manoeuvres, in a variety of locations and under differing traffic conditions.

The SE will normally ask you to stop at the side of the road. You must ensure that you chose somewhere that’s safe, legal and convenient. The SE will then give you the instruction to carry out the Turn In The Road.

There is little to be gained from including a full step by step tutorial on how to do the manoeuvres here, your trainer will give you full details of this. So instead, we’ll take a look at the common errors committed by trainees during the exercise

The Dangers And Pitfalls

AS in all the manoeuvres, the SE is looking for effective all round observations, excellent coordination and accuracy in completing the manoeuvres.

Look at the road ahead of you. Check for any signs of road camber and decide how you’ll deal with it. Think about how the camber will affect the movement of the car before you even start the manoeuvres.

If your vehicle is capable of being driven slowly without setting the gas, you may find it easier to Control and smoother in execution. If the road is subject to adverse camber, you’ll find this method extremely useful, as you can Control the car with both the foot brake and clutch simultaneously. A tremendous advantage.

As you start the Turn In The Road, you must move off slowly, but ensure that you move off properly, using the POM routine. Almost as soon as you’ve moved off, you’ll need to apply full lock, steering to the right. Before you do so, you must look over your right shoulder and into the right door mirror, to ensure that it’s safe to do so. This simple observation fault would almost certainly attract a serious driver error, and a part 2 failure.

You must then continue your all round observations whilst crossing the road slowly.

When you reach the other side of the road, you’ll apply the hand brake before continuing. You’ll then once again use the POM routine to start the reverse section of the exercise. Again, as with the left reverse and the right reverse, you must look to the rear before the wheels of the car start to move. Take account of the camber at this point, and be aware of the risk of rolling forwards, even though you intend to go backwards. Again, almost always a serious error on a part 2 test.

Once you start to reverse, you’ll need to get full lock on to the left as soon as possible, but you’ll also need to keep up those constant observations all around.

As the car approaches the other side of the road, moving in reverse, you’ll find that the rear drivers side corner of the car becomes the closest point from the car to the kerb. It is therefore the area of most significant danger to young and tiny pedestrians, so your observations need to be concentrated mainly in this area.

Once you come to a stop, you’ll apply the hand brake, and again take effective observations before continuing. You’ll again use POM to move away, steering briskly to the right, taking up your normal driving position on the correct side of the road.

The SE will then give you further directions.

ADIT Team.