Reverse Parallel Parking – How To

January 28, 2017 at 2:51 PM

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The most important thing when reverse parallel parking is to position your car correctly before you begin. You should pull up your car a small distance in front of the car that is parked in front of the slot you want to get into; such that your front door is next to the car’s front wheel and your car about half a metre away along its length.

Once in position, check for hazards and then:

  • Put the car in reverse gear and turn on your left indicator if it’s not still on.
  • Reverse while checking your mirrors and blind spots.
  • Turn your steering to the left (about one whole turn depending on your car) once the back wheel of your car is level with the front vehicle’s rear bumper.
  • When clear of the car in front, begin turning your steering to the right to put your car closer to the kerb.
  • Reverse slowly until your vehicle is parallel to the kerb and about 30cm away.
  • If you require to straighten up, move your car forward slightly.
  • When in the correct spot, put your vehicle in Park (automatic) or Neutral (manual) and engage the handbrake.

Practice with cones first, then move to a park with only a car in front before progressing to single parking spaces. This will help build your confidence.

The most important thing when reverse parallel parking is to position your car correctly before you begin. You should indicate to the left and pull up your car a small distance in front of the car that is parked in front of the slot you want to get into; such that your front door is next to the car’s front wheel and your car about half a metre away along its length.

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