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The Driving Companion

Unit 2: Task 10 - The U-turn

Learning Outcome

  1. The learner will be able to select a suitable and safe location to perform the U-turn (kerb to kerb and at intersections); and
  2. The learner will be able to turn the vehicle around competently and safely within the confines of the carriageway of a road without the need for reversing while maintaining full control of the vehicle.

Assessment Standard

The learner will accurately perform parts 1 and 2 of this task together without assistance.

The assessment will be a demonstration on at least two consecutive but separate occasions.


Selecting a location for the U-turn
  1. Select a location where the U-turn is legally permitted, can be completed without reversing and is not in a 'No Stopping' area or opposite parked vehicles;
  2. Select a location where there is sufficient visibility in all directions to enable the U-turn to be done safely; and
  3. When stopping at the kerb comply with Task 4.
The 'U' Turn
  1. Comply with the Give Way rules (for U-turn) by giving way to all other traffic using the road during this manoeuvre;
  2. Comply with the 'moving off from the kerb' procedure where practicable as stated in Task 3.
  3. Move the vehicle slowly forward (signalling appropriately) while turning the steering wheel (dry/stationary steering not permitted) until on full steering lock (if required);
  4. Prior to the vehicle changing direction observe in all directions for approaching traffic and other road users e.g. pedestrians (also paying attention to driveways and roads opposite); and
  5. When safe, accelerate smoothly away without over-steering maintaining full control of the vehicle.



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