360 Degree Observation or 6 Point Check

360 degree observation or 6 point Check

The meaning of 360 Observation in driving:

A 360 observation, also known as a 6 point check is a vital all around check that is performed before manoeuvring.

For example: Imagine you are parked by the side of the road. Before you move away you should make sure your aware of everything around you. If you are parked on the left side of the road, you should look over your left shoulder first, then your left door mirror, then look ahead. Then you should check your interior mirror, right door mirror and then finally before releasing the handbrake you should look over your right shoulder. The right shoulder is the most important check and on your test this is the observation the examiner will be looking out for the most.

If you are reversing then you would normally start with looking over your right shoulder and finish looking over your left shoulder as that is the direction you want to look into as you move backwards.

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