Before you turn
A three-point turn can be useful technique in Alaska to get yourself turned around on a street or road that does not have enough space for you to make a typical U-turn. Situations that could necessitate a three-point turn could be when you need to turn around on a narrow road in a residential area with cars parked on one or both sides of the road or when there has been snow piled up on the side of a road which will take away space for you to maneuver. Whatever the situation, the most important part of a three-point turn will be for you to do so safely.
Successfully completing a proper and safe three-point turn will begin before you even start to physically turn your steering wheel. Prior to the turn, signal to the side of the road that you will initially be turning onto as you start to slow down to come to a stop. Then, check in all directions and make sure that there is no oncoming traffic or that any oncoming traffic has come to a stop to allow you to turn around. Once you have done this, you can begin your three-point turn.
During your turn
You can start your three-point turn by turning your car as far as you can to the left. Then cut the wheel all the way in the other direction and then you can put your car into reverse. While you do this keep your head turned backward to make sure you do not hit anything while reversing. After that, you can cut the wheel all the way to left again and put your car into drive and complete the turn.
For better visualization, you can also think of a three-point turn by thinking of its its other name, a K-turn, because the letter K is the outline of the various directions in which you will be going during the turn. Once you complete each and every step of the turn, be sure to do another quick check in all directions for new oncoming traffic that might not have been in close proximity to your vehicle when you first started the maneuver.
Three-point turns are a very useful maneuver that enable you to turn around on streets where there is not enough room to make a more typical U-turn. When you do make a three-point turn or K-turn as some people call it, always signal and check before you even start the turn. Make the turn slowly and with constant checks in all directions for oncoming traffic. If you need your car transported to or from Alaska, call (907) 331-3100 anytime for a free quote!