Parallel parking tips expose yours!
In order to pass the road test, every driver has to be able to parallel park effectively. It’s how you demonstrate your ability to operate a vehicle in reverse. Not everyone finds it easy to do.
How do you fit a seemingly large vehicle into a spot that seems a little tight?
The first step is to locate an empty parking space at least one and a half times the length of your vehicle. Although it may be possible to park in a smaller space, it is not recommended. Ensure the spot is legal (no sign, driveway, fire hydrant).
The object is to get your car parallel to, and within 45 cm (18 in.), of the curb.
Here’s the proper procedure:
Check your mirrors for traffic. Signal your intention to stop by flashing your brake lights at least 3 times. Pull up alongside Car B about one metre away. Stop when your car’s (Car A) rear bumper is even with the rear bumper of Car B.
Start backing into the space very slowly. As you reverse, steer sharply to the right until your car is at a 45-degree angle to the curb. Stop when your steering wheel is line with the rear bumper of Car B. Always watch for vehicles passing you.
Straighten the wheels and continue backing. Stop when the right end of your front bumper is in line with, and past, the rear bumper of Car B.
Turn the steering wheel sharply to the left as you continue to back slowly. Make sure the front of your car does not hit Car B. Your right rear wheel should be close to the curb. Stop the car.
Turn the steering wheel to the right as you drive slowly forward. This should bring your car parallel to the curb. Stop the car when it’s centered between Cars B and C.
It’s better to go back and forth a few times instead of taking a chance on hitting the other cars. If you need to pull out and try again, remember to signal and check for traffic.
When exiting the space, don’t forget to signal. Continue to check for traffic approaching in the lane you’re about to enter.
Always remember to take it slowly, be aware of the traffic around you, and be realistic about the size of the desired parking space.