The three-point turn could be scrapped as part of the biggest shake-up of the driving test in 20 years.
Learner drivers could be asked to use a satellite navigation system as part of a revised practical exam, designed to “better reflect real-life driving”.
Around 1,000 learners across the UK will be asked to take part in a trial of new practical exam measures.
The test has existed in its current form for two decades, with an “independent driving” section where motorists are asked to find their way to a destination added in recent years.
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) spokesman said: “We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving.
“Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation.”
The independent driving section of the test could be extended from 10 to 20 minutes of the 40-minute test length.
Candidates taking part in the trial are likely to be asked to follow directions on a sat-nav as an alternative to using road signs.
It will also consider replacing the “reverse around a corner” and “turn in the road” manoeuvres with moves such as reversing out of a parking bay, or pulling up on the left or right before re-joining the flow of traffic.
Driving Instructors Association chief executive Carly Brookfield said: “The association has been heavily involved in the scoping of this project and is enthusiastic about the opportunity it presents to evolve the L-test to a level where it more realistically assesses a candidate’s ability to competently and safely manage road-based risk and driving in real life, on real roads.”