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Parallel Parking Tips

Parallel parking can be tricky at times but making sure to follow the instructions to the bone is important, as often our worries about being too close or in the wrong position screws it up for us.

  1. Drive around until you find a spot that looks big enough.
  2. Pull up even to the front car.  If your cars are different lengths, line up the back of your car with the back of the front car as best you can.  You don’t have to be exact here.
  3. Stop.
  4. While stopped, turn your wheel all the way to the right.  ALL THE WAY.  Don’t move forward or back while doing this!  Keep your foot on the brake!
  5. Turn around and look out the back of your car.
  6. Begin backing up.  Your car should start turning into the spot.  Don’t turn your wheel away from the all-the-way-right position!
  7. Stop backing up when the right-front corner of the rear car is in the exact middle of your rear windshield.  If you imagine a line extending backwards from your car along its centerline, you stop when the right-front corner of the rear car reaches that line.
  8. I said STOP.
  9. While stopped, turn your wheel back to the middle position.  Keep your foot on the brake!
  10. Back up slowly until your car just barely clears the front car, then stop again.
  11. STOP.
  12. Turn your wheel all the way to the left.  All the way!  Stay stopped while you do this.  Keep your foot on the brake!
  13. Now keep backing in.  Don’t turn your wheel away from the all-the-way-left position!
  14. Once your car is parallel, STOP and then turn your wheel to face forwards again.

Follow this exactly and it should improve your parking.

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