# 175-point turn

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
Preston is driving his car along a forest path, when sees a fallen tree across the way. He tells Jessie who is on the passenger's seat:
— Well, I guess you get to see my patented 175-point turn.
But before he does anything she notices something outside and they get out of the car to look at it closer.
Jessabelle, movie

How does it differ from "180-degree turn", and what does "point" mean?
Thanks.

• #### pob14

##### Senior Member
I think it's actually alluding to a three-point turn, which is a U-turn which is accomplished by moving forward, back, and forward again while turning. He's saying he has so little room that it will take him 175 moves (an exaggeration) to make the turn.

Thank you!

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
By the way, what does the word "point" mean here?

#### JulianStuart

##### Senior Member
By the way, what does the word "point" mean here?
The link has a diagram showing three “points” - (the tips of) the three arrows. If you are in a narrow space and don’t quite make it on 3, you need to back up again (4) before moving forward (5), making a 5-point turn etc.

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
I see, thank you.

#### heypresto

##### Senior Member
Although they are called 'three-point turns' by just about everybody else, driving instructors and testers always ask you to 'turn the car around using forward and reverse gears' (or something very similar). At least, in the UK. At least when I took my test aeons ago.

Thank you.

#### se16teddy

##### Senior Member
He's saying he has so little room that it will take him 175 moves (an exaggeration) to make the turn.
Or that he is such an incompetent driver that it will take him 175 moves. (Self-deprecating humour.)

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#### dojibear

##### Senior Member
To me this sentence is clearly a joke.

Saying "my patented" is bragging: he is a saying this is an amazing invention of his. Inventions are "patented".

But then he says "175-point turn", implying that he has to go back and forth 175 times, when most drivers can do the turn while just going back and forth 3 times (a "three-point turn"). So he is bragging about a terrible invention: a joke.

#### Packard

##### Senior Member
This is the same illustration as POB linked but a little more graphic. The "three points" are the three starting points in the action.

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
Thank you everybody.

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