How do you do a head check while driving?

I want to make sure that I pass my driving test this time but I don’t really understand what a head check is. When should you turn your head while driving?

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
No worries! Once you know how to do a head check while driving, it’s actually pretty easy to perform correctly.
To do a head check, turn your head 90 degrees and look over your shoulder in the direction that you intend to drive before you make any sort of lateral movement in your car. Typically you’ll need to do this:
  • When pulling away from the curb
  • When changing lanes
  • When pulling over to the side of the road
Performing a head check gives you a clearer, more complete picture of the road than looking in your mirrors, so it can help to keep you safe and prevent accidents due to blind spots.
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