There are numerous aspects to driving, and everyone seems to have a least favorite. One of the most popular least favorite aspects of driving has always been parallel parking. Parking, in general, is pretty simple, but there is an added level of anxiety to parallel parking. Not only do you need to worry about hitting the curb with your tires, but you have to worry about the car in front of and behind you.
Luckily, the art of parallel parking has been perfected by some giving us all tips to utilize.
Practice Makes Perfect
Like all things, the more you practice parallel parking, the better you will be. Visit an empty parking lot to practice in during nonbusiness hours. Set up cones or use boxes to represent two cars and the curb.
Never try to force your car into a space just because it’s open or close to your destination. If you’re uncomfortable, try starting over again. You can also have a passenger get out of the vehicle and guide you if needed. If you just can’t seem to get it right, move on and find a spot you can pull into with ease.
When driving there are multiple positions for your foot, on the brake, over the brake, on the gas, and over the gas. While parallel parking, there is rarely a need for the gas so keep your foot on or over the brake.
Give Them Space
When parking in any spot it’s important to give other cars space to maneuver, but when parallel parking it’s even more important. Make sure the car in front of and behind you have space to get out safely.
Slow and Steady
Never try to rush parallel parking always take your time and do it correctly. Rushing could result in an accident or damage to your vehicle.
There is one of the best ways to parallel park that works every time. First, pull up next to the car you want to park behind. Make sure your back tires are aligned with the first cars back tires. Once your car is in reverse, back up slowly with your tires turned all the way to the right. Once your car is at a 45-degree angle, stop and turn your wheels all the way to the left. Continue to back up until you’re aligned with the curb.
Leaving The Spot
First, back up as far as you can and turn on your turning signal, so people know you’re leaving the spot. Turn the wheels to the left as far as possible and put the car in drive. Check oncoming traffic and when clear, release the brake and slowly move out of the spot. Once you’re clear of the car in front of you, and you’re half way out, turn the wheels to the left and lightly press on the gas.
When parking in any spot, your comfort level is important. Never try to park in a spot that you’re just not comfortable of or if you’re uncertain. If you need to, avoid parallel parking until you’ve practiced enough. Safe driving isn’t just on the highway or city streets, it also applies to parking. Trainers at Varsity Driving Academy are always available to our students to answer questions about parking and more. We want our students to be prepared for any situation, no matter where they find themselves behind the wheel.