Parallel park – Parallel parking — Wikipedia

Parallel parking — Wikipedia

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Reverse parallel parking demonstration

Parallel parking is a method of parking a vehicle parallel to the road (hence the term ‘Parallel Parking’), in line with other parked vehicles. Parallel parking usually requires initially driving slightly past the parking space, parallel to the parked vehicle in front of that space, keeping a safe distance, then followed by reversing into that space. Subsequent position adjustment may require the use of forward and reverse gears.


Parallel parking is considered to be one of the hardest skills for new drivers to learn and is a required part of most road tests. Parallel parking enables the driver to park a vehicle in a smaller space than would be true of forward parking. Driving forward into a parking space on the side of a road is typically not possible unless two successive parking spaces are empty. Reversing into the spot via the par

How to Parallel Park | DMV.ORG

Few driving tasks are as intimidating as parallel parking. Many new motorists have failed an otherwise perfect driving test on this technicality alone. How many of us avoid parking on busy streets because we’re just not good at parallel parking? Thank goodness for strip-mall parking lots the size of a small state―maybe humiliation-free parking is the real motivation for suburban sprawl..

  1. Seek out a space you feel comfortable that you can safely get your car into without crunching into another car. Drive around the block until you find a larger gap if you need to; you will need a space that’s several feet longer than your car.
  2. Check your rearview mirror and driver-side mirror as you approach the space to ensure another car is not riding on your tail. Signal toward the space as you approach it, slow down, and stop. If another motorist rides up on your rear, simply maintain your position and keep signaling. You might even need to roll down your window and wave the other driver around; they might not have realized you’re trying to park.
  3. Line up your vehicle with the parked vehicle directly in front of your desired spot. Don’t get too close on the side, or you might scrape the other car when you make your move. But you also don’t want to be too far away―two or three feet will suffice. Position your vehicle parallel to the parked car, aligning your bumpers.
  4. Checkyour surroundings. Use all your mirrors and check your blind spotsfor cars, bicyclists and pedestrians BEFORE you begin to reverse your car.
  5. Put your vehicle in reverse. Look over your other shoulder at the space to assess the gap.
  6. Release the brakes and slowly begin backing into the turn.
  7. Turn the steering wheel when you see the front car’s back bumper. When your back axel is aligned with the front car’s bumper, turn your steering wheel all the way to the right (assuming you’re parking on the right-hand side of the road).
  8. Reverseuntil your car is at a 45-degreeangle. Then, turnyour steering wheel in the opposite direction. Imagineyour car is creating an S shape as you are maneuvering into the spot.
  9. Keep backing up until your car is in the spot. Besure to take a few quick glances at the front of your car to make sure youdon’t hit the vehicle in front of your spot.
  10. Pullforward to straighten out. Once you’re in the spot, you can turn the steeringwheel so your tires are parallel to the curb.

Voila! At this point, if all went well, you should be tucked nicely in the space and parallel parked. If you aren’t, there’s no harm done. Just signal that you’re about to leave the curb, pull out and alongside the car in front of you, signal toward the curb again, and start over. You won’t be the first person―and certainly not the last―who tries parallel parking a few times before getting it right.

Keep in mind that some states require your vehicle to be within a certain distance from the curb. The ideal distance when parallel parking, for the safety of you and your vehicle, is to be within a few inches of the curb. If you’re not close enough, don’t be afraid to start again. And remember—practice makes perfect!

Here’s How to Parallel Park like a Pro

Parallel parking is a core competency when it comes to living in the city. If you don’t live in a city, then you probably aren’t especially great at it. Generally speaking, that’s okay. But what happens when you have to parallel park? What if you’re having dinner in the city and you’re driving? Your parallel parking skills weren’t forged in the flames of necessity and hardened by the judgmental eyes of onlookers. What if you haven’t had to parallel park since you took your first driver’s test? What can you do?

We’ve got your back with this condensed parallel parking guide designed to help you in a pinch. Don’t worry–we’ll get you through this in one piece. You won’t even have to worry about attempting to explain yourself to all the witnesses, either.

The Step-by-Step Parallel Parking Guide

Everything is going to be just fine. You can do this. Ready to become a parallel parking Jedi master? Here we go.

Step 1: Get your car in parallel parking position.

Once you’ve found a spot that looks big enough, pull your car up to the car in front of the space you want to take. Make sure the back of your car is even with the back of that car. Once the two cars are pretty close to being lined up (you don’t need to be exact here), bring the car to a FULL STOP.

Step 2: Turn your wheel and back-up.

Next, turn your wheel all the way toward the curb. Yes, all the way. Now, put your car in reverse and back in slowly. When the corner of the rear car that’s closest to the curb is in the center of your rear windshield, stop.

Step 3: Turn your wheel back.

While stopped, turn your wheel back until it’s straight and your wheels are no longer turned to either the right or the left. Proceed to back up slowly. Once the front of your car is clear of the car parked in front of you, stop.

Step 4: Back, back, back it up.

While stopped, turn your wheel all the way away from the curb—as far as it will go. Now, continue to back up slowly. When your car is finally parallel to the curb, stop and put the car in “park”.

Step 5: You’ve parallel parked.

SUCCESS! You’ve mastered parallel parking. Now get out of the car and celebrate with a tiny victory dance. 

Can I Parallel Park Like This Every Time?

Yes. You can. Parallel parking isn’t difficult and this process is repeatable. As long as your parking space is big enough, this set of instructions should work for you every time. Now you, too can be the envy of your friends and wow onlookers with your urbane, metropolitan parallel parking style.

Trust the Process and Nothing Else

These days, there seems to be a million different things that claim to help you parallel park. From rear-facing back-up cameras to self-parking cars, we seem to spend a lot of time, effort, and money catering to people who haven’t learned this simple process, but we don’t need to. Our how to parallel parking guide will work every time, even in cities with the worst parking.

Living in the city, it’s common to watch inexperienced drivers attempt to parallel park—especially using devices such as back-up cameras and automated parking. It’s not uncommon to see drivers and passengers switch places in order to land a parallel parking spot. Yet, almost without fail, these parking assistance devices don’t often work as well as you’d expect and in the case of switching drivers observation has shown that the back-up driver isn’t especially experienced either.

Do yourself a favor. Bookmark this page. Save it on your phone. Keep it handy for the next time you need to parallel park and you can look like a pro, parking with style and ease like you were James Bond (though we don’t recommend trying to parallel park by doing a 360 degree spin at 60mph into your parking space).

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Reverse parallel park | Drive

Reverse parallel park | Drive

What’s this about

Parallel parks are the ultimate driving test. In this lesson you’ll learn the tricks of the trade for mastering the reverse parallel park.

When you’re finished, you’ll know how to:

Position your car for the best angle to pull into a parallel park

Pull out of a parallel park correctly

Positioning your car for the reverse parallel park

The key to the reverse parallel park is to position your car well before you start.

Completing the reverse parallel park

To do a good parallel park you need to stay calm, take your time and go slowly. If you make a mistake, straighten up and try again.

Leaving the reverse parallel park

Leaving a parallel park is just the same as pulling out from the kerb. You might just need to back up a little to get your car out clearly first.

Am I ready?

Feeling good about this lesson? Tick off the skills you’re confident you can do. When you’ve ticked them all, it might be time to move on to the next lesson.

Next lesson in Parking and turning around


Taken a wrong turn? Found yourself down a dead-end street? You might need to a do a U-turn.

How to Parallel Park – Young Drivers Blog

Parallel Park Anywhere Any Time!

When you drive in busy downtown traffic, do you circle around the block to find any spot to avoid parallel parking?  Feel nervous when you have a line of cars behind you and have to parallel park? There is no need to avoid parallel parking once you understand the steps to take to make parallel parking easier.  Whether you are preparing for your driving test or you are an experienced driver who needs to brush up on their parallel parking, it is possible to get over “paranoid parking”.

Will I Fail My Driving Test if I Can’t Parallel Park?  

Not necessarily.  Young Drivers of Canada Director of Training Scott Marshall explains, “Lots of people have the preconceived notion that this driving maneuver is hard.  It really does not need to be.  Drivers need to practice parallel parking and trust their own abilities instead of listening to other paranoid parkers.  When it comes to your driving test, you will not necessarily fail if you don’t get close to the curb or you are crooked.  You will lose marks but you won’t fail.  When you are parallel parking and lose control of the car, this is when you could fail.  Examples of losing control are hitting the vehicle behind you or driving up the sidewalk.”

How to Parallel Park in 7 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Signal Ahead of Time  Signal your intention as you approach your space instead of signaling when you stop.  This will let other motorists know your upcoming action so they can react accordingly.

Step 2: Choose The Right Space The space available should be at least 1 ½ times the size of your vehicle.

Step 3: Creep The Car  – There is no hurry to park and your skill and technique will be what is needed to parallel park well – not speed.

Step 4: Time Your Turn – Start turning the steering wheel when you can see the rear of the car you are parking behind.

Step 5: Go In at 45°  – Call on geometry and know what a 45° angle looks like.  Start turning the steering wheel to the left as you creep slowly into the space.

Step 6: Observe Your Position –  Line up your vehicle with the vehicle behind.  It is very important to look into your space in addition to using your mirrors.  Reverse cameras are not as accurate in determining how close you get to the car behind you or to see a pedestrian. Do not just depend on reverse cameras to help you parallel park safely and accurately.

Step 7: Straighten Out  – When almost straight with the road, straighten your wheels.  Pull forward to the middle of the space.

Now watch how to parallel park in action from driving school Young Drivers.
How to Parallel Park – Driving Test Ready

How to Parallel Park in 4 Easy Steps

Parallel parking is more intimidating to most new drivers than your typical perpendicular parking (the kind you do in most parking lots). It involves steering in reverse, precise positioning, and quite a few obstructions you could accidentally scrape. You’ll need to learn parallel parking if you plan on driving in the city, and there’s a good chance you’ll be tested on this skill at the DMV or DPS test center when you upgrade from your permit to your driver license. Yeah, that’s right. This will likely be on your driver test. But it’s going to be okay. Like most driving techniques, parallel parking just takes some practice. Once you understand the steps, it’s pretty easy to do without tapping a rear bumper or ending up embarrassingly far from the curb. And trust us, this is one parking skill you’re going to want to have.

### Step 1: Claim the Spot

While you’re driving, look for available parking spaces on the curb along the side of the street. The ideal parking spot will be at least one and a half times the length of your vehicle. Don’t try to squeeze into tiny spaces between other cars, especially if you’re a beginner and you don’t drive an equally tiny vehicle. Also, make sure you’re not too close to a fire hydrant, intersection, tow-away zone, etc.

Got your eye on the perfect spot? Claim it! Turn on your turn signal ASAP so that any drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists behind you understand that you’re about to park. Using your signal is an important step, especially when there’s a lot of traffic on the roads. You don’t want to confuse or endanger other drivers by stopping or reversing in a lane of travel without warning them. Drive past the empty space to pull up even with the vehicle in front of the space. You will be side by side with this other parked car.

Step 2: Back It Up

Check your rear-view mirror, your side-view mirrors, and over your left shoulder again. If you have a back-up camera, check that too. Once you’re sure there’s no oncoming traffic to get in your way, change gears to reverse. You’re ready to start maneuvering into the parallel parking space. Turn your steering wheel to the right while simultaneously backing up. (Most of your parallel parking conquests will be to the right, with left side parking being reserved for one-way streets.) This will guide the rear of your vehicle at a backwards angle towards the parking space.


Step 3: Turn and Stop

Once your car is at a diagonal angle, turn your wheel to the left as you continue slowly backing up. Move backwards slowly and carefully as you straighten the vehicle and get into the spot. Keep your foot over the brake pedal in case you need to stop quickly. Stop when you get close to the parked vehicle behind you. You don’t want to tap bumpers, and you also don’t want to park so close that getting out later will be hard. A little wiggle room is always nice.

Step 4: Straighten Up

If nothing has gone horribly wrong, you should be in the parking space at this point. You will be fairly close to the vehicle behind you and have several feet of clear space in front of you. Switch gears to “Drive”. You do NOT want to accidentally drive in reverse and hit the car behind you. Pull forward and turn your steering wheel to straighten out your wheels and get centered in the parking spot. Leave several inches of space in front of your car. Park and throw that parking brake into action! Your wheels should be 6-18 inches away from the curb. Closer is better, since you don’t want to block the traffic lane or get side swiped by a passing vehicle. A couple feet is too far. We recommend trying out your parallel parking technique in a parking lot before taking on the real world. This will give you a low-pressure chance to really get down the moves.

That’s it! You parallel parked! If you continue to practice these steps, you’ll be a parallel pro in no time! Check out more of our safe driving videos to continue gaining pro status behind the wheel.

Leave 6-18 inches between your car and the curb

How Does Parallel Parking Work?

Okay! Time to delve into the science of parallel parking! We promise, it’s actually interesting stuff

When you first pulled up to the front car and started to turn the wheel you used the “Ackermann Steering Linkage.” This mechanism was invented in 1817 and allows your tires to circle a common point by turning the wheels at slightly different points.

Another important mechanic that allows for parallel parking is the pivot point. As you turn your the point where the axis for your front tires and the axis for your rear tires meets gets closer and closer to your car. This point it called your pivot point and is what your car circles when you are turning.

Hopefully that’s not all too confusing. If you are visual learner the video above explain the above comments in 360 degrees!

How To Parallel Park

13 Jun How To Parallel Park

Posted at 13:20h in Blog, Driving by Barrie

A video of a nervous motorist repeatedly failing in a parallel parking manoeuvre has gone viral on the internet – highlighting one of the most common problems faced on the roads. Drivers of all levels of experience can run into trouble when trying to park between two cars, with research suggesting that even those who have held a licence for years can struggle.

About one in six say they are not confident parallel parking, but if you follow a few simple steps, there is nothing to fear and you will get it right first time:

  • The key to successful parallel parking is to have confidence in what you’re doing, so stay calm, breathe deeply and concentrate on the matter at hand. Perhaps turn off the radio, put out your cigarette and put any conversations with your passengers on hold.
  • Most importantly, and it may seem obvious, make sure the space you are aiming for is big enough for your car to fit into without scraping those in front and behind. The gap needs to be a few feet longer, so pull up alongside it and check.
  • Now indicate in the direction of your target space and move forward until you are directly alongside the vehicle which will be in front of you when you have completed parking.
  • Keeping an eye on your rear-view mirror to see where the car behind is, and the wing mirrors to watch out for the kerb and other road users, turn the wheel in the direction of the kerb and begin to reverse very slowly into the space.
  • As you approach the kerb and are about a foot away, quickly turn the steering wheel to full-lock the other way and keep going slowly. This will cause the front end of the car to swing into the space to sit snugly behind the car in front.
  • Still going very slowly and monitoring your mirrors, turn the wheel back to the centre and straighten up the wheels as you come to a stop. You should find yourself nicely parallel to the kerb.
  • If you find yourself too close to the car behind and with a bigger gap in front, you may now move the car slightly forward to sit in the centre of the parking space.
  • All done. Now you can get out, marvel at your skills and wonder why you were so worried in the first place.

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