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Highway Code Using the Road: Reversing

Reversing: 176-179

176: Choose an appropriate place to manoeuvre. If you need to turn your car around, wait until you find a safe place. Try not to reverse or turn round in a busy road; find a quiet side road or drive round a block of side streets.

177: Do not reverse from a side road into a main road. When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can.

178: Look carefully before you start reversing. You should

  • use all your mirrors
  • check the 'blind spot' behind you (the part of the road you cannot see easily in the mirrors)
  • check there are no pedestrians, particularly children, cyclists, or obstructions in the road behind you
  • look mainly through the rear window
  • check all around just before you start to turn and be aware that the front of your vehicle will swing out as you turn
  • get someone to guide you if you cannot see clearly.

Image showing a driver checking all round when reversing

Check all round when reversing

179: You MUST NOT reverse your vehicle further than necessary.
Law CUR reg 106

 

 

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