How Do I Make a Turnabout for a Driver's Test? (with Video)

by Jennifer LeighUpdated June 22, 2023
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A ‌turnabout is another name for a three-point turn‌, which is a technique often tested on driver's tests in the U.S. and other countries such as Ireland. Turnabouts are used to turn around on narrow two-lane roads where it may be difficult to turn around otherwise.

During the turnabout, the vehicle basically stops, pulls into the other side of the road, backs up and then pulls forward heading in the other direction. Carefully checking for traffic is vital during the turnabout to avoid accidents.

1. Signal and slow down.

Put on your right turn signal and slow down the vehicle.

2. Pull over to curb and completely stop

Pull over as close to the curb as possible and stop the vehicle completely.

3. Signal. Check Traffic. Proceed when clear

Put on your left turn signal. Check for traffic in both directions. Wait until the road is completely clear for at least 20 to 30 seconds in both directions.

4. Turn Left, pulling your vehicle across the road.

Turn left, pulling your vehicle across the road until you are pointing toward the curb.

5. Signal. Make sure traffic is clear

Put on your right turn signal and make sure that traffic is still clear.

6. Turn your wheel and place vehicle into reverse

Turn your wheel to the right as far as it will go. Place your vehicle into reverse and begin backing up. Check your rear view mirror for obstructions in the road. Stop a foot before you reach the curb.

7. Begin driving in the opposite direction

Check traffic a final time. If it is clear, begin driving in the opposite direction from which you began.

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