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Learn parallel parking

Harold Koi
Saturday, November 11, 2017

It's called the magical steps of parking your car at a parallel spot. This can be a great challenge particularly on a slope or busy street. Parallel parking would require the driver to manoeuver the vehicle in reverse and park in between two cars.

Most drivers prefer just driving into the parking spot which is much easier than parallel parking. However, it's good to always be prepared and practice makes perfect.

Website shows directions, with extra "do it exactly this way"-style bolding and prompting;

* Drive around until you find a spot that looks big enough.

* 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.

* Stop.

* While stopped, turn your wheel all the way to the right. ALL THE WAY. Don't move forward or back while doing this!

* Turn around and look out the back of your car.

* Begin backing up. Your car should start turning into the spot. Don't turn your wheel away from the all-the-way-right position!

* 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.

* I said STOP.

* While stopped, turn your wheel back to the middle position.

* Back up slowly until your car just barely clears the front car, then stop again.


* Turn your wheel all the way to the left. All the way! Stay stopped while you do this.

* Now keep backing in. Don't turn your wheel away from the all-the-way-left position.

* Once your car is parallel, STOP and then turn your wheel to face forwards again.

If you do these steps exactly, your car will magically place itself into the correct position.

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