Parallel parking is a parking method that allows you to park your vehicle parallel to the road. It's typically used to park in the space between two other parked vehicles.
In most cases, you may park parallel to any curb, unless you see a sign probiting parallel parking, or the curb is painted yellow.
Parallel parking is one of those skills that requires a lot of practice. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t come easily.
Many people avoid parallel parking when they can, but there will be some situations where it's the only option.
The image above shows the four steps to successful parallel parking:
Spacing and timing are very important while parallel parking. If you're too close to the car ahead, or if your wheels cut to the right too soon, you may hit the rear bumper of the car in front of you.
If you're too far out from the car in front, you won’t get your wheels close enough to the curb.
If you cut your wheels to the left too soon, you’ll hit the curb. Finally, each time you drive out or back up, make sure you signal first, watch for oncoming traffic, and proceed with caution.
Check out the video below for an easy-to-follow parallel parking tutorial.
Like we said, parallel parking takes a lot of practice. Don't get discouraged if it takes you some time to figure out!
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