Ready to up your driving game? Learn these skills and manoeuvres with your supervisor so you can pass your driving test.

Three-point turn to perfection

  1. Pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Indicate to signify your turn.
  3. Wait for clear traffic and check your blind spots.
  4. When clear in both directions, turn the steering wheel hard to the right.
  5. Cross to the other side of the road.
  6. Put the car in reverse, turn the steering wheel to the left and reverse backwards, ensuring you don’t cross the centre line.
  7. Put the car in drive, or first gear, and drive forward, turning your steering wheel so you’re navigating to the middle of your lane.
  8. Re-join traffic.

Handy hints:

  • Sometimes you only need a little extra room so you don’t need to reverse too far backwards
  • Use the handbrake if you’re turning on a hill and need a little extra security
  • Keep looking at all your windows/mirrors and check all your blind spots throughout the manoeuvre

Nail a reverse park

  1. Drive forwards parallel to the car you’re parking behind.
  2. Stop when your front wheels as opposite the car you’re parking behind.
  3. Indicate into the park you’re going into.
  4. Wait until it’s clear before you attempt to reverse. Check your blind spots too!
  5. Put the car in reverse.
  6. Reverse slow and straight until your front wheels are in line with the back tyres of the car you’re parking behind.
  7. When you’re in line with the other car’s back tyres, turn your steering wheel to full lock to go into the park and keep reversing. Fast hands, slow speed.
  8. When you’re close to the gutter, turn your steering wheel back to neutral to straighten out your car.
  9. Adjust your car so you’re parked no more than ½ metre from the kerb and there’s about 1 metre to the car in front and behind.
  10. Put your car in park.

Handy hints:

  • Remember to reverse slowly and turn quickly
  • Stay calm and if it doesn’t work first time – try again
  • Use your side mirrors and rear-view mirror together for the best view

     

Hey! It’s time to hill-start!

  1. Ensure the hand brake is on.
  2. If you’re in a manual; select first gear. If you’re in an automatic; select drive.
  3. Indicate to signal you’re joining traffic.
  4. Check your blind spots and ensure the road is clear for you to join traffic.
  5. Slowly apply pressure to the accelerator and if you’re in a manual car - slowly release the clutch and handbrake. If you’re in an automatic car – slowly accelerate and turn off handbrake.
  6. Find the balance point between accelerator and handbrake to avoid rolling backwards.
  7. Keep slowly accelerating to move up the hill.
  8. Join the traffic.
  9. Handy hints:

  • If you’re in a manual car hold the revs at about about 2000 – 3000 before you start to release the clutch/handbrake
  • Get a feel for the car and find the balance between the clutch and accelerator. You’ll feel the clutch ‘bite’ and know when to release it
  • Avoid releasing the clutch too early or you may bunny hop and/or stall

     

Change lanes and carry on

  1. While driving, check your blind spots.
  2. Indicate to signal you’re changing lanes.
  3. Wait for a gap in traffic.
  4. Give way to all traffic driving within the lane you’re changing into.
  5. Maintain your speed and when clear, start to move into traffic.
  6. Join traffic and turn off your indicator.

Handy hints:

  • No need to slow down too much to merge or change lanes. Help the lane of traffic you’re in and merge into the other one without slowing down other cars too much.
  • Check your blind spots before every merge.
  • Signal approximately 5 seconds before you start to merge.

     

Reverse in a straight, smooth line

  1. Choose a safe spot to stop your car.
  2. Put your car into reverse.
  3. Check your blind spots and wait until traffic is clear before attempting to reverse
  4. Look out your side windows and rear-view mirror and slowly accelerate.
  5. Move slowly, keeping your car within ½ metre of the kerb.
  6. Keep observing traffic and stop if the road is not clear.

Handy hints:

  • Opposites rules – move your steering wheel to the right if you want your wheels to go left, and vice-versa
  • Use your side mirrors to see how close you are to the curb
  • Go slow and steady when reversing

Rock a roundabout

  1. When coming up to a roundabout, think about whether you’re going to be turning or going straight and get into the right lane. If you’re turning left, generally you’ll need to be in the left lane, if you’re turning right, stick to the right lane. If you’re going straight, either lane is fine.
  2. When approaching the roundabout, give way to all vehicles on your right, including bikes.
  3. If you’re turning, indicate which way you’re turning before entering the roundabout.
  4. Enter the roundabout when it is safe to do so. Give way to all vehicles currently on the roundabout.
  5. If going straight, indicate left as you’re exiting the roundabout
  6. Turn off your indicator once you’ve exited the roundabout.

Handy hints:

  • Stay calm on a roundabout, even if it has multiple lanes. If you’re in the wrong lane you can change lanes within a roundabout by giving way to traffic, checking all your blind spots and signalling as normal
  • If you have signalled too early, it’s best to take that exit to avoid a collision and either U-turn or take a different route

When used correctly, roundabouts speed up traffic flow. Only give way when you need to and enjoy how everyone can use them to get where they need to go.

Ace a U-turn

  1. Only attempt a U-turn at traffic lights when there is a U-turn permitted sign.
  2. Find a safe place to turn e.g. on a multi lane road start from the right-hand side lane, on a single lane start near the medium strip.
  3. Indicate to signal your turn.
  4. Wait for a clear view of traffic.
  5. Give way to pedestrians and vehicles.
  6. Perform a controlled, smooth turn when safe to do so.
  7. Turn into the lane to re-join traffic and continue driving.

Remember, don’t make a U-Turn;

  • Over a continuous centre line
  • Across double continuous lines
  • When there’s a double line on your side
  • Over a painted island
  • When there is no u turn permitted sign

Merge like a pro

  1. While driving, and if you’re merging from stationary, check your blind spots.
  2. Indicate to signal you’re merging into traffic.
  3. Wait for a gap in traffic.
  4. Give way to all traffic driving within the lane.
  5. If driving, maintain speed and when clear, start to move into traffic.
  6. Join traffic and turn off your indicator.

Handy hints:

  • No need to slow down too much to merge or change lanes. Keep the lane of traffic you’re in moving forward and merge into the other one without slowing down other cars too much.
  • Check your blind spots before every merge.
  • Signal approximately 5 seconds before you start to merge.