is it illegal to reverse out from a driveway into a main road?


I had an accident yesterday when reversing out of my parents driveway into a "main" road. I live in a small island and so our main roads are fairly small. Someone crashed into the front of my car on the lefthand side and I was wondering whether it is illegal to reverse into the road or not, as my boyfriend seems to think it is! Off to the Insurance company today to sort it out

Written by Pipmat in Maintenance & Repairs


Better Answer

Not illegal but one of those things most drivers know you should not do but many choose to ignore due to their inability to reverse between a couple of gateposts or similar.
You now know why you shouldn't.
Do not admit to it but expect to be judged at fault for this as you clearly are.

Written by Timbo Is Here


Other Answers

It's not illegal at all no, but it may make you at fault as you are the one entering the roadway an should be aware if it was safe to do so or not.
Accidents suck sorry to hear

Written by Eurostar23

No it's not illegal as long as you don't cross any yellow lines.

Written by Pcrobert

No it's not but you should always reverse in your drive then when your ready to go out you can just drive forwards straight onto the main road no problems. It makes life easier

Written by Dynastyjx

No it is not illegal to reverse out of your driveway onto the main road.

Number one rule - never admit it was your fault.
Number two rule - the other driver was either drunk, blind or on drugs.
Number three rule - get a sharp lawyer.

GOOD LUCK

Written by Rich3

Perhaps your boyfriend is getting his terminology mixed up. It is not 'illegal' to reverse, but the accident might be defined as 'fault' because it was your responsability to check the way was clear before reversing.

Written by Waggy

Yes it is. You must remain in your drive way at all times. You cannot leave the premises in your car...no I'm just kidding. Its completely legal else how would you get in your driveway? Backing into it is not safe and would put you at a higher risk if getting hit.

As for the fault, it depends. If you were pretty much clear of your driveway then I think it would be the others fault.

Written by Rocknrollguitar

Not illegal but one of those things most drivers know you should not do but many choose to ignore due to their inability to reverse between a couple of gateposts or similar.
You now know why you shouldn't.
Do not admit to it but expect to be judged at fault for this as you clearly are.

Written by Timbo Is Here

It is not illegal, but it is specifically mentioned in the highway code (rule 201) as something to avoid:
"When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can."

Written by Neil

and so what solution does your boyfriend have? just stop on the main road, fumble and try to reverse up a narrow driveway, maybe darkened by bushes or trees ? what about at night? whats his brilliant plan of action. (you better make sure he gets a good education, or find a smarter one) Im sorry to hear you had an accident, I hope no one was injured. Its legal to back out of a drive way, but you cannot fail to yeild the right of way, and get in an accident. If there are some bushes too high or some other impediment, do some yard work and make the transition into the street safer if possible. Heck get your mechanic to put a horn facing back. One thing I suggest is dont try to cross both lanes. Which ever lane of travel your driveway comes out on, use that. then you only have to worry about one direction. Backing up has long been unsafe and a cause of many accidents, just like a left turn across uncontrolled intersections. I stopped making left turns 15 years ago unless its a stop sign or a traffic light. Its safety more than anything, its difficult to watch busy traffic going both directions, try to cross it safetly when facing it, its a lot more mathematically improbable when doing it backing up.
So boyfriend is wrong, lets home damage is not to severe and the vehicles are up and running soon.

Written by Roger

Hi Lass, Yes it's illegal to back out into main road, of course if you can't turn around in driveway can also be more dangerous backing into driveway. Let your ins. co. hash it out, that's why you pay them, don't volunteer more info than what you're asked. Good luck. Just say you looked and didn't see a car coming and maybe other driver was going too fast.

Written by Gary

Asking this question is illegal. Read your driver's handbook. They didn't print that crap for their health.

Written by Mitch

Tell your insurers asap. You might finish up with a 50 50 scenario.
Practise your reversing.

Written by Andy Pandy

no

Written by Mam

As far as I know it is, if you have an accident you will be at fault.

Written by Kikass Ii