Reversing is not as difficult to master as you might think it just needs practice for you to become confident at it. Start at reversing in a straight line, then go on to reversing around corners and more complicated manoeuvres.
Your vehicle will respond differently in reverse gear. You can’t feel the car turning with the steering as you would in forward gears, and you have to wait for steering to take effect.
The secret is to ensure the vehicle moves slowly enough. This way the steering movements will have the greatest effect.
Avoid turning the steering wheel while the vehicle is stationery(dry steering). It could cause damage to the tyres and increased wear in steering linkages.
Turn slightly in your seat. You may remove your seat belt while carrying out a manoeuvre which involves reversing. Don’t forget to refasten it before driving off.
When to begin steering?
In reverse, it’s often helpful to begin turning or straightening up sooner than seems necessary.
Remember reverse slowly and you’ll have time for:
What to check:
All-round observation is just as important when you’re reversing as it is when you’re going forward.
Always be ready to stop.