Bay Parking Reverse parking in a car park
CARE LADA. Make sure that it is always safe, legal and convenient to complete the manoeuvre.
There are two acceptable methods of reversing into a parking space. Sometimes called Bay Parking
A Drive past the chosen parking space leaving about a meter away from the line of parking bays as in the picture and then stop. Prepare the car in reverse gear then make 360-degree observation for safety Start over left shoulder round to left near side mirror across front of car looking at Internal Mirror round to offside mirror down the side of the car to the right shoulder. This manoeuvre is then conducted the same way as reversing round a sharp left-hand corner. However, the amount of turning required is a full lock. It does not matter whether you are turning left or right the position you need the rear wheel to be before turning is the same, the back rear wheel needs to be about half way across the parking bay before the bay you intend to reverse into. Also as with reversing round a corner before you turn, make a full all round check. As the car straightens up into the parking bay make another all round check taking a special note to see that there is space for your car to enter the space you are reversing into and you are not to tight to any other vehicle if you are then drive forward and correct your position before reversing back into the bay.
B. You can drive into a space opposite the space you wish to reverse. Prepare the car in reverse gear and make 360-degree observation for safety Start over left shoulder round to left near side mirror across front of car looking at Internal Mirror round to offside mirror down the side of the car to the right shoulder before starting to enter the parking bay. As always emphasis is needed on all round observation for safety but some mirror work is acceptable. It does not matter if at the first attempt you find your position to be wrong. Do not drive all the way into the parking space. All you need to do is drive forward again having made sure it is safe with a full all-round check looking especially for pedestrians. When you have come out and straightened up, prepare the car in reverse and make a full all-round check looking for pedestrians before reversing back into the parking space. You are only allowed only one extra attempt in reversing into the parking space.
To complete this manoeuvre successfully the best way is to keep the speed of the car as SLOW as you can while making BIG TURNS of the wheel as QUICKLY as possible. Remember you might need to use the brake as well as clutch control when Bay Parking. If another vehicle comes along STOP, consider moving out of the way, consider getting eye contact to confirm what the other drivers are going to do also think about opening your window to hear any approaching traffic. Wait until any traffic or a pedestrian commits themselves before committing your self. Remember 360-degree observation before moving off. No dry steering. Try opening your window a little so you can hear any approaching traffic.
REMEMBER TO NOT ONLY LOOK IN THE DIRECTION YOU ARE MOVING BUT ALSO ALL AROUND LOOKING FOR ANY POSSIBLE DANGERS.
.THE EXAMINERS WILL LOOK FOR:
Co-ordination of controls – Good clutch control No crossing of hands
Observations – Making sure it is safe to continue at all times. Considering eye contact to confirm what the other road users are going to do.
Accuracy – not touching the kerb or pavement
Time – you will be expected to take only a reasonable time and not to cause inconvenience to other road users.