Parallel parking is never fun, but it can be something easy to do once you get the hang of it. Maybe you are worried about being asked to do it on a driving test, or maybe you parallel park every day and feel there may be some easier way to do it. Here are some tips on how to easily parallel park!
- Adjust your passenger mirror, so that when you are sitting in the driver’s seat you can use it to see the curb you will be trying to park next to when you actually carry out the parallel parking.
- Find a space. This may sound easy, but you want to find a space that your vehicle will fit into without hitting a car in the space before or after it. We realize that this may be difficult in a city, but in that case we recommend driving around the block once before you park to seek out options. If there is a car stopped next to a space with their reverse lights or turn signals on, then go for another space as that car’s driver is unfortunately probably going to take that one.
- Now that you have decided on a space to leave your car, it is important to check your driver-side and rearview mirrors upon approaching the space. You want to do this to make sure another car isn’t right behind you that you may hit.
- Line up your car with the car parked in front of the space you are trying to get in. You want your car to be about two feet from that car to ensure that you don’t scrape it while you are trying to get into your desired space.
- If there is somebody behind you, it doesn’t hurt to roll down your window to wave the driver around. They may not realize you are trying to parallel park and that the process could take a minute.
- Now it is time to make the serious move of actually getting into the space. Turn your steering wheel at a 45 degree angle, and slowly remove your foot from the brake. While you are in reverse, imagine you are pushing the top of the wheel the way you want your car to go. Then, you back most of the way in after you have taken your foot off the brake. If your rear tire hits the curb then you have gone too far.
- While you are pulling in, you will want to straighten out your car to keep it out of the road. You may find that you have to “wiggle” the front/and or back ends into the space.
Parallel parking can be tricky the first time you try it, and it actually generally takes people several tries to get it right. But if you are messing up, do not worry. You can always try again.
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