Parallel Parking

Find a space a few feet longer than your car if possible. Confirm the space is legal and check for any obstructions you’ll need to avoid. Slow down and signal as you pull up in front of the space, remaining aware of other drivers.

Here are the following tips to park your car in parallel:

1. Seek out space:

You feel comfortable that you can safely get your car into without crunching into another car.

2. Check your rear-view mirror:

Driver-side mirror as you approach the space to ensure another car is not riding on your tail. Signal toward space as you approach it, slow down, and stop.

3. Check your surrounding:

Use all your mirrors and check your blind spots for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians “BEFORE” you begin to reverse your car.

 4. Straighten out as you finish pulling in:

Turn the steering wheel to the left once the rear of your vehicle is mostly in the space, still going backward.

 5. Pull the front up to the curb and center the car:

Turn your car wheel in correct position and pull into the center.


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