How Do I Learn To Parallel Park My Car?

One of the hardest parts of my learning to drive was how to parallel park. There isn’t as much emphasis put on that technique in driver’s education these days, but it’s still an important part of driving.

Practice with no obstacles first, then with plenty of space between vehicles. Take it slowly and you’ll develop the skill and confidence to parallel park.

Use your turn signal to indicate the direction of the parking spot.

If the space is not yet vacant but the car in it is about to leave, wait behind the spot.

When the space is vacant, pull ahead of it until you have pulled up beside the car parked in front of the space. Your rear bumper should be even with that car’s rear bumper with about two feet of road between you.

Put the car in reverse. Begin to back up slowly; as soon as the car starts moving, turn the wheel as far as it will go toward the curb.

Back slowly into the space.

When the back of your car’s front door is even with the rear bumper of the car beside you, begin turning the wheel away from the curb.

Continue turning the wheel away from the curb and backing slowly into the space.

Straighten out the wheel, then pull forward or back in the space as needed to center yourself between the cars in front of and behind you. Your car should be six to eight inches from the curb when you are parked.

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