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 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. Continue reading