# How to PARALLEL PARK – 45 Degree Method.

STEP 1:  GET IN POSITION.

First, pull up next to the car in front of your intended parking spot.
Your car should be about 3 feet (1 meter) from that car.
Continue pulling up until you can see the other car’s rear in the middle of your back passenger window.

STEP 2:  BACK IN TILL YOU REACH A 45 DEGREE ANGLE.

Start reversing your car slowly, while turning your steering wheel completely to the right.

Look at your passenger side mirror. As you’re reversing, you’ll see a triangle forming from the side of your car and the curb.

When the triangle becomes an equilateral triangle (meaning that all 3 sides are the same length), stop reversing.  Or if you hear a sudden boom, definitely stop reversing.

Okay.  When you see the equilateral triangle, it means the side of your car and the curb are at a 45 degree angle.

STEP 3:  BACK UP STRAIGHT.
After you’ve reached the 45 degree angle, straighten out your wheel.
Back in straight towards the curb.

You’ll notice in the passenger side mirror, the triangle getting smaller and smaller and smaller.

When the triangle disappears, turn the steering wheel completely to the left.

STEP 4:  PARALLEL TO THE CURB.
Keep reversing till the side of your car is parallel with the curb.

Straighten out your wheel.

And then move the car forward as needed

Now you’ve done it!
And hopefully you didn’t hit anybody.

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