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How to Make a 3-Point Turn

Learn how to make a 3-point turn in this Howcast video with A-Club Driving School.


So what we want to do today is give you some nice helpful hints on how to properly execute a three-point turn, or as it's sometimes referred to a K-turn. It can come under different wording for it, a three-point turn, a K-turn, even a broken U-turn. Same thing though.

What you're going to do is you're going to pick a place to stop and you're going to pull over and you're going to stop alongside the curb on the right side. Okay? When you do that, you need to signal, of course, before you pull over and stop.

Once you're here at the curb, the object of this is to take the vehicle, bring it across to the other side of the street. Of course, you don't hit the curb on the other side. Once you get to the other side, you then have to go into reverse. Make sure you're looking. You're looking left, you're looking back, and you're looking to the right side of the car, and then you turn the wheel to the right and back the car up, giving you enough room so that at the end of this you can swing out and go back on the road way in the opposite direction of which you came.

The reason why the terminology K-turn comes into effect is that it isn't done all in one maneuver. You have to take the car from this curb, bring it across to the other and stop. Again, throwing it in to reverse. Look left, look right, look back. Back up a little bit. Give yourself some room. Then go back to drive. Look again to our left and our right. And then finally we finish by going back on the roadway in the opposite direction from which we came.

Looking is crucial on this. For each section of the broken U-turn, you have to make sure you look left, right, and back before you can safely move your car. So there you go. Those are some very helpful hints on how to properly execute a three-point turn.

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