Assessment criteria: Reversing

Expected outcome / competence

Demonstrate the ability to safely pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse 2 car lengths. Effective all round observation throughout the manoeuvre is required showing consideration to other road users.

Assessment criteria (example = control)

Driving fault:

  • A misjudgement of the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle when beginning to move over to the right hand side of the road. Safety of other road users was not compromised.

Serious fault:

  • A misjudgement of the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle, causing the driver to brake heavily to allow candidate to proceed to the right hand side of the road.

Dangerous fault:

  • Any situation brought about by the above loss of control that resulted in actual danger to the examiner, candidate, the general public or property.

Other faults:

 

Control:

  • poor coordination of controls

  • scrubbing/brushing the kerb

  • mounting the pavement

  • stalling

  • reversing out into the road

Observations:

  • no blind spot checks

  • relying too much or entirely on the mirrors

  • misjudging the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles

  • misjudging the speed and distance of vehicles positioning to pass from behind

  • no or late indication of intentions

  • waiting unnecessarily for other road users

 

The above is taken from The Driving Examiners Manual.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-driving-examiners-carrying-out-driving-tests-dt1

Where appropriate it has been reformatted and edited so it only refers to the driving of ordinary cars (class b).

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