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You are reversing around a corner when you notice a pedestrian walking behind you. What should you do?

A Stop and give way.

Wait until the pedestrian has passed, then look around again before you start to reverse. Don’t forget that you may not be able to see a small child directly behind your vehicle. Be aware of the possibility of hidden dangers.

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Using the road (159 to 203)

6. Reversing (200 to 203)


Choose an appropriate place to manoeuvre. If you need to turn your vehicle around, wait until you find a safe place. Try not to reverse or turn round in a busy road; find a quiet side road or drive round a block of side streets.


Do not reverse from a side road into a main road. When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can.


Look carefully before you start reversing. You should

- use all your mirrors

- check the ‘blind spot’ behind you (the part of the road you cannot see easily in the mirrors)

- check there are no pedestrians (particularly children), cyclists, other road users or obstructions in the road behind you.

Reverse slowly while

- checking all around

- looking mainly through the rear window

- being aware that the front of your vehicle will swing out as you turn.

Get someone to guide you if you cannot see clearly.


You MUST NOT reverse your vehicle further than necessary.

Law CUR reg 106

[The Highway Code]



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