You should be able to reverse your vehicle and trailer in a restricted space. The examiner will show you a diagram of the manoeuvring area and explain what is required.
Test Requirement When Reversing
- Reversing under control and in a reasonable time.
- Using good observation.
- Obtaining reasonable accuracy.
- To start at a fixed point between two cones.
- Reversing inside a clearly defined boundary.
- Reverse so that Cone B (see diagram) is on the offside of your vehicle.
- Ensure that the extreme rear of your trailer is within the painted yellow box area at the end of the bay when you stop.
Reversing - Do
- Use control when reversing the vehicle.
- Use good all-round observation.
- Accurately judge the size of your vehicle and trailer.
Reversing - Do Not
- Approach the starting point too fast.
- Approach the fixed-point cones at an angle.
- Stop beyond the fixed-point cones.
- Turn the steering wheel incorrectly when starting to reverse.
- Over-steer so that any wheel goes over the yellow boundary.
- Fail to use effective observation around the vehicle.
- Allow any part of your vehicle to hit any of the cones or poles.
- Stop so that the rear of your vehicle and trailer is either short of, or beyond the yellow box in the bay.
Matters of Special Importance
- Do not knock over any cones – it is a serious fault and therefore a test failure if you do.
- You are allowed to pull forward on two occasions only to correct yourself or to prevent the trailer jack-knifing – but it is a minor fault for each.
- You must not cross the boundary line on either side of the test area – serious fault and failure if you do.
- You must finish with the rear of the trailer overhanging the yellow box area – serious and failure if you don’t.
- You may get out of your vehicle once only to check your position relative to the yellow box. If you stop and get out a second time, the examiner will take that as your final stopping position and judge you accordingly. (See previous note).