Parking On The Right
Parking on the right and reversing back 2 car lengths is again all about safety. You can re-adjust the position of the car, but you can’t fix a missed observation when there’s a hazard nearby.
The examiner will ask you to stop on the right in a safe place. Firstly you will need to check your surroundings and decide how your stopping will affect other road users.
Are there any cars behind?
Do we need a signal?
Are there any oncoming cars?
Are there any junctions nearby that may affect our decisions?
Where can I stop safely?
When do I need to move across to give me time to position correctly?
Every situation is different, so being able to assess and decide is crucial. However, lets go through a few common scenarios.
If there are any cars or pedestrians around we will need to signal so they know what we are about to do.
If there are oncoming vehicles you will need to give way. This is similar to pulling up on the right, stop at your point of turn and wait.
Consider the timing of your signal if there is a junction on the right. Will it look like you’re pulling into the junction?
Once you’ve parked you will be asked to reverse back 2 car lengths, keeping close to the curb. As with all reversing you will need to be constantly checking your surroundings and stopping for any hazards. Keep the car close to the curb making small adjustments as you go.
Now it’s time to move off again. Check all around you, remembering you are crossing the oncoming traffic. Once you are happy it’s safe to move off, move back onto the left and off you go.