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.
EASIEST WAY to REVERSE PARK
Locate the parking stall you want to park in. Turn on your signal to inform others you’re parking.
* REFERENCE POINT 1: Second Car’s Side Mirror (or Second Stall Line)
Drive forward and pass your target parking spot. Locate the car that is parked 2 stalls ahead of your target parking spot. Align your side mirror with the car’s side mirror that is farthest from your target parking spot. Make sure your car is about 2.5 to 3 feet (0.9 meter) away from the back of that car.
If this parking stall is vacant, you can instead align your side mirror with the stall’s side line that is farthest from your parking spot.
This point of reference works if you have an average compact or standard size car. If your car is much longer, you will need to drive up about 2.25 or 2.5 vehicles ahead, instead of just 2.
Now check your mirrors to make sure there are no other cars or people approaching. Continue reading