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Have you ever been downtown and the only spot you can park in requires you to parallel park? Instead of having to drive around looking for another spot you can just follow the simple steps below to ensure that parallel parking is never an issue again. Keep in mind to not get overwhelmed and go slow.
Ideally you should practice parking in an empty lot before ever putting yourself in a situation where you could endanger yourself or other vehicles. Practice by using cones or boxes in the place of cars. You want to use the “S Method” which is proven to be the most effective way. First, use your turn signal and pull three feet away from the vehicle you are going to park behind. Align your rear tires with the rear bumper of the other vehicle. Then put your vehicle in reverse while turning your wheels all the way to the right. Slowly reverse to a 45 degree angle, stop, and rotate the wheels all the way to left. Start to back up slowly until the curb parallel with your vehicle. You want to be less than 12 inches from the curve. Make sure that your foot is always near the brake pedal since the gas pedal is not needed and locate a space that is longer than your vehicle by 6 feet. When learning to parallel park remember that practice does improve your judgment and if you are uncomfortable with your approach then reverse and start over. If a passenger is present, they can help guide you into the spot to avoid damaging cars.
These are only few easy steps to parallel parking. Keep in mind that if you are frustrated or nervous to park then you should look for a regular spot and continue to practice until you are confident.