Have you ever wondered how to drive a car in reverse? Driving a car in reverse can be pretty confusing, especially if you are not used to it. Fortunately, we do not have to drive that way all the time, but times come up when we have to–mostly when backing out of a parking space. Even the most experienced drivers will tell you that even they get confused sometimes. The best way to master driving in reverse is to prepare for the experience. Remember, you are driving in the opposite direction, so most of your actions are going to be opposite than driving ahead.
Things you will need:
- A car
A driver's license
- Place foot firmly on the brake. Not having your foot on the brake could lessen your reaction time in case something happens in a split second. Also, having your foot on the break prevents you from jetting out in traffic or a parking lot too suddenly.
Start your car and apply safety belt. Everyone is required to wear safety belts all over the world, so be sure to drive safely at all times.
- Place the car in reverse gear, while keeping your foot on the brake. Be sure to double check if the car is in reverse gear to prevent any accidents. Also, make sure your foot is planted firmly on the brake, because you don't know what conditions there are behind you.
Shoulder check left to right then back to ensure that it is safe to reverse. Doing a shoulder check is much better than doing a mirror check because you will have blind spots. Your own eyes always give better judgement. It's okay to do a mirror check as well, but always do a shoulder check beforehand.
Signal. Let the other drivers know what direction you want to go. Failing to do so could result in a ticket or an accident.
Release the brake and navigate in reverse as slowly as you can to get good judgement on what should be your next action. Driving too fast in reverse could result in a surprise collision because there could be cars traveling behind you.
- Pay close attention to what direction you are heading. Failing to pay attention to what direction the car is moving in could result in a slower reaction time, which is is dangerous. Especially in reverse gear.
If you want to drive in reverse and are trying to navigate left or right, heed these steps:
- Turn your wheel to the left if you begin to navigate to the right and visa versa. The movement of the wheel is always going to be opposite of the direction you want to travel. For example, you could turn the wheel farther left to go deeper to the right.
- Turn your wheel to the right if you begin to navigate to the left and visa versa. You could steer the wheel farther to the left to travel deeper to the left.
If you want to drive in reverse while trying to back up straight, pay attention to these steps:
Turn the wheel to the left if you notice your car is slanting to the right. Turn until your wheels straighten out and the car backs up in a straight line. Again, the movement of the steering wheel will be in the opposite direction of which you want to travel. Be careful not to steer too far to the left or the car will miss its straight point and continue to travel right.
- Turn the wheel to the right if you notice your car slanting to the left. Turn until your wheels straighten out and the car backs up in a straight line. Be careful not to miss the straight point and turn the wheel too far to the right or the car will continue to travel left.
- Hold the wheel steady once the car is straight to maintain the position. Continuing to turn the wheel after it is straight could result in unwanted movement of the car, possibly causing an accident.