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Bay Parking

Bay Parking

This is one of the four maneuvers you will have to learn and perform on your driving test. The examiner will expect you be aware of other road users such as motorists and pedestrians and keep looking all around. There are several ways to perform this maneuver, but to do this would be important to know the key skills:
  1. Control: Using the clutch control, you must be kept the car very slow.
  2. Accuracy: Ensure you don't cross the white bay marking lines, positioning your car between those lines.
  3. Observation: It must be continuous and appropriate

One of the things that will make this maneuver easier to do is placing the car with plenty of room from the bays you are reversing into; doing this will make your turning circle wider. Make sure that you leave enough room to the right of the car, because the front of your car will swing out to the right. You must count 3 lines from the bay you want to reverse into and stop when that line is half way through the front passenger door. Once the position of you car be the above, apply the handbrake and select reverse gear.

Bay parking


You must look around for any approaching pedestrians, motorists or other cars, before you move your car backwards. You have to wait and let anyone pass. Once all is clear, look out the rear windscreen and gradually move backwards and smartly turn the wheel to full left lock. At the same time as you are performing the maneuver, you have to continuously look around and keep the car very slow. Recurrent glances in your left wing mirror will see line A appears. This line has to be used as a reference point to guide you into the bay. In case you are close to the line A and it seems that you can cross it, steer half a turn to the right.

Use line A as a reference point to guide you into the bay. If too close to the line and looks like you may cross it, steer half a turn to the right. This will widen the turning circle making that the car be loser to line B.

Bay parking


When the car starts to move round into the bay, you will see that the line B will appear in your right hand wing mirror. If it is needed, make slight adjustments and always keep looking around. Always remember that it is important you do this maneuver slower. Make continues looks out the rear windscreen. Don't forget that if pedestrians, motorists, etc approach, you must stop and let them pass.

Bay parking


Once you have completed reversing into the bay, you have to apply the handbrake and select neutral.