The Driving Companion
Unit 1: Task 7 - Steering (forward and reverse)
- The learner will be able to competently and accurately steer the vehicle on a straight course, and turn to the right and to the left through 90 degrees when travelling in a forward direction while maintaining full vehicle control; and
- The learner will be able to competently steer the vehicle on a straight course, and turn to the left through approximately 90 degrees, when travelling in reverse.
The learner will accurately perform parts 1 and 2 of this task without assistance.
The assessment will be a demonstration on at least two consecutive but separate occasions.
Steering in a forward direction
- Maintain a straight course of at least 100 metres between turns with the hands placed in approximately the "10 to 2" clock position on the steering wheel with a light grip pressure;
- Demonstrate turning to the left and right through 90 degrees using either the "Pull-Push" or "Hand over Hand" method of steering while maintaining full vehicle control without over-steering; and
- Look in the direction where the driver is intending to go when turning (First Rule of Observation - Aim high in steering).
Steering in reverse
- Reverse the vehicle in a straight line for a minimum of 20 metres with a deviation not exceeding 1 metre, followed by step 2;
- Reverse the vehicle through an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the left followed by reversing in a straight line for 5 metres with a deviation not exceeding half a metre (500mm); and
- Look in the appropriate directions and to the rear while reversing.
*NOTE: The exercise is to reverse through approximately 90 degrees and then recover to a straight position. It is a steering control exercise and NOT a 'Reversing Around a Corner' manoeuvre although a quiet corner may be used.
Reversing cameras and other factory fitted driving aids do not replace required observations; however, they may be used as a reference.
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