EASIEST WAY TO PARALLEL PARK – Just 3 REFERENCE POINTS
If you’re like me, you can parallel park – eventually. The question isn’t, “Can I parallel park?” A better question is, “How long do you take?” Here’s the easiest way to parallel park, using just 3 reference points.
Make sure the parking spot is about 1.5x the length of your car. Turn on your right blinker.
* REFERENCE POINT 1: REAR BUMPER
Pull up next to the car parked in front until your rear bumper lines up with the other car’s rear bumper. If both cars are similar in size and length, then you line up your car’s right mirror with the front car’s left mirror. Both cars should now be parallel and about 2 feet between the mirrors or 3 feet apart door-to-door.
Turn your steering wheel to the right. It should be 1 full turn of 360 degrees.
Check your center mirror, left mirror, and your left blind spot. Make sure there are no cars approaching on your left.
* REFERENCE POINT 2: LICENSE PLATE
Back up your car until you see the front car’s license plate in the middle of your passenger window.
Then turn your steering wheel to the left all the way.
* REFERENCE POINT 3: CURB
Back up your car until it is parallel with the curb.
Straighten out your steering wheel. Move forward a bit if needed.
Now you’re done. You got this! This is just one easy and effective way to parallel park. If you know another technique, please comment and share below.
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