Parallel Parking

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We have all seen someone struggling to park their car in a tight spot between two cars, pulling back and forth, back and forth, and then become discouraged and just pull out, or give up and leave the car 2 or 3 feet away from the curb.  Maybe you were that someone.  Years ago, when taking your driving test to get your drivers license, it was required to parallel park.  Now a days, you have to back up between cones, I believe.  So the art of parallel parking has been gradually going by the wayside.  Also, with malls being built, parallel parking is not needed for the most part.  It is mostly just when going into the inner city, that the need arises; and even then, there are parking garages.  However, for anyone who would like the satisfaction of being able to conquer this ability, the following directions will help you.  But, as with all things, practice makes perfect!

You have to know how long your car is, and however long you think it is, add 2 feet.

Okay, ready to start.

Pull up next to the car in front of the space you want, leaving about 2 or 3 feet between that car and your car.

Allign the edge of your front door roughly with their back wheel.  Before you move, turn the wheel twice in the direction of the curb you want to end up next to.  You might want to unfasten your seat belt at this point, so you don’t strangle yourself as you’re looking backward.

Shift to reverse, and let the car roll backward into the spot.  Keep going until your front bumper is at their rear bumper, and turn your wheel the opposite direction 1 and a half turns; holding on to your brake slightly.  Stop before hitting the car behind you.

Shift to drive and pull forward.  You should be in there perfectly.

This may take practice, but it’s worth it for the sheer satisfaction of being able to do it.


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