Most drivers are normally used to comfortably drive their vehicle in forward as opposed to reverse. It is quite common that you may need to drive in reverse gear, for example, when you are backing out of a parking space or parallel stopping. At first, driving in reverse can seem to be trouble, particularly if you have not had much practice doing it. Luckily, it is simple to learn to drive your vehicle in reverse. Here are a few simple steps, that can help you figure out how to drive a car in reverse gear, with ease.
Getting ready to drive in reverse gear
Step -1: Adjust the seat.
First, you have to alter your seat so in any case you can press the brake and accelerator, even while your body is turned somewhat to back up.
The seat position should permit you to simply and comfortable turn around and check your left shoulder while still having the ability to press the brake and stop suddenly if necessary.
If you have to drive in reverse for an longer duration of time, it is better to modify your seat closer to the steering wheel while you do as such, and after that adjust the seat again once you can drive forward.
Step -2: Position the mirrors.
Before driving in reverse, ensure your mirrors are also correctly adjusted in case you have to use them. Once altered, the mirrors should give you a full field of view.
Remember that you have to readjust them if you move the seat once you begin driving forward again.
Step 3: Put on your seat belt.
As a last precaution, fasten your seat belt before doing any sort of driving move, including driving in reverse.
- Note: Ensure the safety belt is over your shoulder as designed. Appropriate safety belt use can prevent injury in case of accident.
Putting the car in reverse gear
After altering your seat and mirrors, and ensuring your seat belt is on appropriately, the time has come to put your vehicle into reverse. Depending on your car type, engage the car in reverse gear (depending on the vehicle make and model, and whether the vehicle has an automatic or manual transmission)
Steering wheel in reverse gear
When you have the vehicle in reverse gear, it is time to drive in reverse. Now, you can turn around and release the brake gradually. Likewise, you need to nullify from going too quick, so don’t press the accelerator unless you have to. Concentrate on where you are going and use the brake to slow your advance if you start going too quick.
Step 1: Look around.
Ensure the area around your vehicle is clear of people on foot or other moving vehicles. This needs you to check the area all around your vehicle.
Turn to the left and look outside the driver’s side window, even checking over your right shoulder if necessary. Keep on checking the area until you are looking over your left shoulder.
Once you are sure the area is clear, you can proceed.
Step 2: Look over your left shoulder.
Keep your right hand on the center of the steering wheel while setting your left hand on the back of the passenger’s seat, and check your left shoulder. If necessary, you can apply the brake whenever during the reversing process and check the area for foot or vehicle movement again to ensure nobody is coming.
Step 3: Steer the vehicle.
Using your right hand, steer the vehicle while you drive in reverse. Remember that when driving in reverse, turning the steering wheel turns your vehicle the other way as it does when driving forward.
If you turn the front wheels to right, the back of the vehicle turns left. The same goes for turning right while backing, which needs you to turn the steering wheel to left.
Do not to make any extreme turns while driving in reverse. Incremental moves of the steering wheel permit you to rectify your course more simply than sharp turns. Use the brake as required and resisit ffrom accelerating too much.
Step 4: Stop the vehicle.
When you have achieved your wanted position, it is time to stop the vehicle. This basically needs you to use the brake. Once the vehicle is stopped, you can either place it in park, or into drive if you need to drive forward.
Driving in reverse gear is simple when you follow the steps provided above. As long as you keep control of your vehicle and drive slowly, you should have no issue backing up your vehicle to where you have to park or stop. Ensure that your mirrors and brakes work appropriately by having one of the expert mechanics perform safety examination on your vehicle.