How to Parallel Park
By: Good2GoPublished: March 4, 2013
You can’t believe it. You have a date with the girl from the gym. So you get your car cleaned up, you put on your best tee shirt and you’re taking her into the city for dinner.
You have the night all planned out – until you have to parallel park. Suddenly you’re sweating like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee. The last thing you want is to be that guy blocking traffic for 15 minutes while your date tries to hide her head in shame.
If you’re no expert at parallel parking and you want to get your night off to a good start, it’s not too late to learn. Here are a few tips on how to parallel park.
- Never pull forward into a space.
- Stop parallel beside the vehicle parked in front of the empty parking space you plan to use.
- Once your back tire is next to the back tire of the car in front of you, turn your wheel sharply toward the curb, backing up slowly.
- When the front tire on your vehicle is even with the back tire of the car in front of the open space, turn your wheel all the way to the right. Proceed to back up until your front bumper has cleared the back bumper of the car in front of you. Now turn the wheel all the way to the left. Continue to back up until you are able to align your vehicle with the curb.
- Once your car is in the parking space, pull your vehicle forward or back to line it up with the car in front of you and behind you.
But, sometimes it’s a lot more fun to learn from other people’s mistakes, so check out these videos. No matter how bad you do, you can’t be worse than these people.
How NOT to Parallel Park
And if you want to see how it’s really done, check out this video of the Guinness World Records holder for “Tightest Parallel Parking” job.
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