What Is a Three-Point Turn for the Driving Exam?


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A three-point turn is a process used to turn a car around by driving forward, backward and forward again in a series of slight turns. These turns are commonly required for most driver license tests.

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To successfully perform a three-point turn, a driver must make sure that no other cars are immediately nearby. The steering wheel is turned all the way left and the vehicle is accelerated until it nears the edge of the opposing lane. The car is then driven in reverse with the steering wheel turned slowly to the right, leading back to the edge of the original lane. The final point is reached by placing the vehicle back into drive and turning the wheel left so that the driver may merge into the opposing lane of the one in which they started.

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