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Parallel Parking

Parallel Parking

It is a method of parking a car that consists in parking in line with other parked cars. The cars that are parked in parallel are in one line, with the front bumper of each car facing the back bumper of the closest one. The parallel parking will require driving the car in reverse gear into the parking space. It is also employed when parking facilities are not available, generally in large metropolitan areas where there is a high density of vehicles and few accommodations such as multi-storey car parks. It is considered as one of the hardest skills for new drivers to learn.

For making a parallel park successfully, it is necessary to have a parking space about 4-5 feet longer than your car. Skilled drivers could parallel park with less than two meters parking space. The following are instructions for parallel parking on the right-hand side of the road.
  1. After choosing your space, use your indicator to signal a right turn (parallel parking on the right-hand side of the road). Pull up next to the car you are parking behind. It means that your rear bumpers should be lined up. At this point, the cars have to be about 20-26" length apart.
  2. Now, start backing slowly always looking over your right shoulder. Then start turning the wheel to the right aiming toward the right rear corner of the space.
  3. Once your front seat is in line with the rear bumper of the front car, you have to stop and then turn the steering wheel one revolution to the left in order to straighten the tires. Continue backing at the same angle until your right front fender just clears the front car's left rear fender.
  4. Then you have to turn the steering wheel to the left and end reversing into the parking spot. It will be recommended that you look over your left shoulder or use your rear view mirror during this part of the maneuver. It will help you to align with the rear car.
  5. In order to straighten out, you have to turn the steering wheel one revolution to the right before pulling forward.


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