The 5 Manoeuvres
The manoeuvres can be intimidating and frustrating for most learners as well as for the supervising driver, even some well experienced drivers will avoid using some of them, walking some distance to avoid doing a reverse park for example. Well here I'm hoping to give you a comprehensive and easy to use guide to help you learn how to do the manoeuvres step by step.
There are 5 manoeuvres you'll need to know for your driving test in Queensland, you will only be tested on three of them but you don't know which three until you are asked to do them in the actual test. If you go to your driving test only knowing four of them this will only add to the tension and you will spend your focus and energy hoping they will not ask you to do the one you don't know.
Here I have broken the manoeuvres into two groups driving and reverse.
- Hill Start
- U-Turn (done one of four different ways)
When doing any forward manoeuvres you must remember to continually keep a watch all around for other traffic and remember to obey 'Give Way' and 'STOP' signs. When doing the U-Turn you are also expected to give way to all other traffic, your rights of way are revoked.
- Turn Around (or 3-Point Turn)
- Reverse Parallel Park
- Reversing Exercise
When doing the reverse manoeuvres you are allowed to remove your seat-belt (I would not recommend this however because if you forget to put it back on straight away you will fail!) Before you start reversing ALWAYS make sure you turn your self around and have a look out of the back window!
You are also only required to have one hand on the wheel, again I recommend against this because a loss of control of steering will fail the test. Not only that but palming the wheel and other one handed bad habits will get you marked down. Instead I recommend that you place your right hand directly at the top of the steering wheel (12 O'Clock) and your left hand at about 8 O'clock. This has two benefits, first you are better able to turn around to look out of the rear window (an essential part of reversing) and two you can use the top hand to help you remember where straight is. To steer remember to move the top hand in the direction you want to go. (If you want to go closer to the edge, move your top hand closer to the edge.)