Three Point Turn

What is the three point turn?

A three point turn is a common way to turn a car around when there isn’t much space.  You use both forward and reverse gears for this.  First, you stop on the right side of the road.   Then, you move the car forward, turning the steering wheel to set it up for the turn.  After that, you put the car in reverse and back up, creating the angle for the turn.   Finally, you move forward again, completing the three steps and making the car face the other way.  People do this when they need to turn around in a small space where a regular U-turn isn’t legally allowed or possible.

How to do three point turn


Step 1

Pullover to the right side of the road.  Before pulling over, check the mirrors, use the right signal, and perform a right shoulder check.  Slow down, pullover, and stop.

Three point turn, how to make a 3-point turn

Step 2

Turn the wheel left all the way.  Perform mirrors check, use the left signal, and do a left shoulder check.  Make sure no one is coming from either side and that it’s safe to proceed.  Drive forward to about a 90-degree angle or the 9 o’clock position, then stop.


Step 3

Turn the wheel right all the way.  Put the gear in reverse, but don’t reverse yet.  Perform a 360-degree vision check.  Check your surroundings and proceed only when it’s safe.  Begin to reverse, go about halfway and stop.


Stet 4

Turn the wheel left,  use the left signal, and check both sides to ensure no one is coming.  Proceed forward if it’s safe to do so.

In conclusion, a three point turn is a practical technique for turning a car around in the tight spaces, utilizing both forward and reverse gears.  By following the steps of stopping on the right side, moving forward, maneuvering in reverse to create an angle, and then moving forward again, drivers can effectively navigate limited spaces where a traditional U-turn may be restricted of challenging.  This skill is particularly valuable in situations where a quick change in direction is needed without violating traffic rules or when the available space is restricted.