How To Parallel Park

In a 2019 study, the most significant stress for drivers between the ages of 18-34 was parallel parking. Parallel parking is an important skill to have, especially if you live in a major city. With new technology such as collision warnings and backup cameras, some new drivers may not even feel like they need to practice their parking skills. You don’t want to be that car struggling to get into a parking space with a line of cars waiting. If you don’t live in a city, you may not have needed to parallel park since you took your driver’s test. Below are instructions on how to maneuver your vehicle to parallel park with ease.  

  1. Line your car up to the area you want to park. Make sure the parking space is at least 1.5 times longer than the length of your vehicle. 

  2. If you consider parallel parking from the right-hand side of the road: line your vehicle parallel to the car you want to park behind. Turn your head and back your vehicle straight. Keep backing until your right rear windshield shows the back of the other vehicle and stop. Turn your steering wheel completely towards the curb and slowly back in. 

  3. As you’re slowly backing in, occasionally keep an eye on your left side mirror. Keep backing up until you see the car behind you appear in the left side mirror. Once you do, straighten the steering wheel, so your vehicle backs into a straight line. 

  4. When your right mirror covers the front vehicle’s tail light, turn the wheel to the left. 

  5. Once the car is inside the space, you need to use your side mirrors to ensure your vehicle is parallel to the curb. Pull forward if you need to. 

Trust the process and practice during your free time. Don’t be afraid to seek additional information or ask for assistance with a driving instructor. Parallel parking takes time, but once you master it, it will be a useful tool.

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