A J-Turn is a car maneuver in which the driver starts off in reverse, spins the car 180 degrees and then continues forward in the same direction.
How to Perform a J-Turn
- Come to a complete stop and shift to reverse.
- Look over your shoulder out the rear window.
- Reverse aggressively for 2-3 seconds in a straight line to build necessary momentum.
- Lift off gas abruptly and quickly turn wheel 180 degrees (from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock).
- The car will begin to spin. Keep looking where you want the vehicle to go as the vehicle spins.
- When the car gets about halfway around (90 degrees), engage forward gear.
- As the vehicle finishes the spin, straighten the wheel out and accelerate.
Check out our J-turn demonstration.
For more in-depth learning about the J-turn and other evasive driving maneuvers, join us for one of our upcoming Evasive Driving Courses at Summit Point. In the EDC course, students will learn the use of emergency backing, “Y” and “J” turns, precision intervention technique (PIT), barricade breaching (RAM), driver down (passenger side driving) and how to recognize an attack, among many other maneuvers.
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