Reverse Bay Parking (90° method) Easy Way with Reference Points

Hello I'm Chris. In this video we're going to 
have a look at how to do reverse bay parking   using the 90-degree method. It's a manoeuvre that 
some people worry about and one that you might   have to do on your driving test or once you've 
passed. I'm going to give you some easy tips   to help you be successful at reverse bay parking 
to the left, right and also how to correct it if   it goes wrong so that you'll still pass this part 
of the driving test.

Reverse bay parking is safer   than forward bay parking as you'll have a better 
view when driving out of the bay. Although some   drivers prefer forward bay parking as you'll often 
have easier access to the boot once you've parked   which is useful if you've got lots of shopping. 
If your driving test centre has a car park and   the examiner wants you to do reverse bay parking 
then you'll either do it at the start or at the   end of the test.

Let's first have a look at how 
to reverse bay park to the left. Make sure that   you observe all around before moving out of the 
bay. Be aware of pedestrians or other drivers,   especially other learner drivers if you're at 
a test centre and signal if it would benefit   anyone. It's important to start the manoeuvre 
roughly the same distance away from the bays   every time or your reference points which we 
will talk about later will change.

I'll now   select reverse gear and observe all around 
including the rear window to make sure it's   safe to reverse. Looking out for pedestrians, 
cyclists and other drivers. It's safe, so I'm   now reversing slowly in a straight line looking 
all around, especially over my left shoulder,   out of the rear window until I get to the 
point of turn. The target bay I'm turning   into is this one. It's the third bay along. This 
is the first bay, the second and then the third.   I've stopped here as this is my important 
point of turn. It's when I need to start   steering. I'm using the first line of the first 
bay as a reference point. To help you remember,   you can see how the line would continue into 
the car. It's near this little speaker. This   point of turn can vary depending on what car 
you're driving, your height and seat position   but it will be something similar. When you look 
at the reference point don't lean forward or to   the side. Otherwise your reference point will 
change every time you do it, which we don't   want.

If you sit closer to the steering wheel 
then your point of turn might look like this.   Make sure that you observe all around before 
steering left because the front of the car will   swing out and we need to make sure it's safe stop 
if anyone gets near you but continue if it's safe   to do so. As soon as I move, I'll steer full lock, 
maximum to the left. Steering quickly but driving   slowly as it really makes it easier. Observing 
all around especially over my left shoulder,   out of the rear window. As soon as you're straight 
and in the bay, you'll notice this as the front of   your car will run parallel with something in 
front of you. In this case the kerb opposite.   Or you might see something similar in the rear 
window. You will need to straighten your steering.   This is between one and a quarter to one and a 
half turns to the right depending on your car.   Reverse slowly but steer quickly. Look over your 
left shoulder and then over your right shoulder. When this white line which is sometimes a kerb 
or bottom of a wall disappears into the door   pillar roughly around here stop.

Also the line at 
the front should look like it goes just under the   mirror. Parking brake on and select neutral. You 
are allowed to open your car door on the driving   test as long as it's safe to make sure that you've 
parked within the lines. If you see a lot of space   between the car and the white line like this then 
you're probably over the line on the left. Don't   worry though because we can drive forward and 
correct it. It will probably be a driving fault   on your test or a minor as they're commonly called 
but at least you won't get a serious fault which   it would be if you leave it out of the bay or on 
a white line.

Before moving forward and correcting   it I'll have a quick look around to make sure it's 
safe first. Now I'll move forward slowly steer   right to get the front over a little as it wasn't 
out of the bay much so I don't want to overdo it.   Now steer left then get the car straight. You will 
know when the car is straight because the front of   your car will be running parallel with something 
in front of you. When it is, straighten the wheels   back to the right. Now stop and select reverse. 
If it helps you can move the side mirror down   a little to see the line of the bay you're going 
into. You can move both mirrors down if you want   but be careful not to stare at the mirrors as you 
need to be aware of who's around you, especially   who's behind.

I've checked all around including 
the rear window. When it's safe to reverse keep   it straight and as long as I'm close to this line 
the other side of the car will be in the bay too.   Don't forget to keep checking around for others 
including the rear window and stop if anyone gets   near you but continue if it's safe. Don't forget 
to stop when you see the line or the kerb or the   bottom of the wall disappear into the car roughly 
around here. It might look slightly different in   your car. The line at the front will look like it 
just goes under the mirror. Make sure it's safe,   open the car door and it looks a lot closer 
to the line so I'm definitely in the bay.

If   you're really far from the line on your right 
then you'll have to move forward and steer left   then right to straighten the car up. Once the front of the car is running 
parallel with something in front of you,   straighten the wheels a little to the 
left again. The side mirror will help,   as you'll be able to see if you're straight 
and lined up with the nearest line. Now I   just need to reverse straight 
observing around for others. So that's how to reverse into a bay on the left. 
Of course there might not be any available bays   on the left to reverse into. So let's have a quick 
look how to reverse into a bay on the right. Try   and start the same distance away from the bays 
every time you do it or your reference point when   to turn will change. I've selected reverse gear, 
observed all around including the rear window and   now I'm just reversing back slowly until I get to 
my point of turn.

As we did before to the left,   the target bay I'm turning into is this one. It's 
the third bay along this being the first bay,   the second and then the third. This is when I need 
to start steering. I'm going to be using the first   line of the first bay as a reference point. You 
can see how this line disappears into the car.   Don't forget that this point of turn can vary 
depending on what car you're driving and your   height. If you sit closer to the steering wheel 
then your point of turn might look like this.   Make sure that you observe all around the car 
before steering right as the front of the car   will swing out and we need to make sure it's safe. 
As soon as I move, I'll steer full lock, maximum   to the right.

Drive slowly as it really makes it 
easier but steer quickly. Observing all around,   not forgetting to also look over my left shoulder 
out of the rear window. Stop if anyone gets near   you but continue if it's safe. As soon as you 
see the front of your car running parallel with   something in front of you, in this case the kerb 
opposite or you'll see something similar in the   rear window, you will need to straighten your 
steering. This is between one and a quarter to   one and a half turns to the left depending on 
your car. Move the car slowly. Keep observing   around as it's so important. Looking over your 
left shoulder and your right shoulder and when   this white line which can sometimes be a kerb 
or bottom of a wall disappears into the door   pillar roughly around here, stop. Don't forget 
that you can open your door to check you're in   the bay as long as the car is secure and it's 
safe and you allowed to move your side mirror   or mirrors down if it helps.

If you're over the 
line or there's a bit too much space between the   car and the white line then check around if it's 
safe, drive forward and then reverse back in to   correct it. It'll probably be a driving fault but 
at least you won't get the serious fault and fail.   You must constantly observe around to make sure 
it's safe. Well that's how you reverse bay park   using the 90-degree method but if you don't 
like it then have a look at our other video   where we'll reverse bay park using the 45-degree 
method as you might prefer it. As usual thanks   very much for watching.

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