Turn-In-The-Road (or 3-point turn) is widely regarded as an
easy manoeuvre, however many people do struggle with it in the early stages.
This is because of the new skills needed to complete the manoeuvre safely.

Clutch control is the key. Being able to accurately control the speed of the
car during the manoeuvre will enable all other aspects of the manoeuvre to be
covered comfortably.

So it’s worth while practicing your clutch control before
attempting any manoeuvres.

The fundamentals are very simple. Turn-In-The-Road is made
up of “Forward” stages and “Reversing” stages. Each “Forward” stage follows the same
pattern and each “Reversing” stage
follows the same pattern. So all you have to do is combine as many “Forward” stages with “Reversing” stages until you have
turned the car around.

It is worth noting at this stage that although many still
refer to the manoeuvre as a 3-point turn, it is not essential that it is done
in 3 moves as the name suggests. If it takes a few more moves it doesn’t
matter.

Forward Stage…

First prepare the car – First gear, Set the Gas, Feel for a
small amount of clutch bite.

Then look around – All mirrors and blind spots.

When the road is clear, remove the handbrake and move gently
across the road. Apply all the turn to the Right. As you approach the kerb
remove the right turn and stop before hitting the kerb.

Handbrake on, select neutral.

Reversing Stage…

First prepare the car – Reverse gear, Set the Gas, Feel for
a small amount of clutch bite.

Then look around – All mirrors and blind spots.

When the road is clear, remove the handbrake and reverse
gently across the road, looking out the
rear window
. Apply all the turn to the Left. As you approach the kerb look
over your right shoulder to see how close you are and remove the left turn,
stopping before hitting the kerb.

You then do another “Forward” stage and the car should have
turned around. If not “Reverse” then
“Forward”… and so on…

Follow this pattern applying tight clutch control throughout
and you won’t go far wrong. Be patient at first taking your time and before you
know it you’ll have it cracked!

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