Parallel Parking – How do you deal with it?

Parallel Parking along side a car 

(HC 200 – 203)

METHOD for completing the parallel Parking exercise 

Signal left on your approach to the subject car if necessary. Park level and about a car doors width or an arms length from the side of the subject car, so that the back of your car is just past the end of the subject car. Select reverse gear – this will confirm your intention to reverse. Apply handbrake if necessary. Prepare the car in reverse. Make 360-degree observation for safety. That is over your left shoulder round to your left mirror across the front of your car to the right mirror then down the car to finish looking over your right shoulder. When safe reverse the car until the back wheels are just passed the end of the subject car.


Make 360-degree observation for safety again. Put on a full left-hand lock then reverse until you reach an angle of approximately 45 degrees or the shape of a square piece of paper that has been folded diagonally. Straighten up the wheels. Reverse in a straight line until your side mirror reaches the second turning point – when your rear wheels are about half way across the width of the cars number plate. (The DSA have suggested that driving instructors tell you that you can use the side or “passenger’s mirror” as a reference point as you cannot see the near side rear wheel while you are driving.)
Quickly put a full right-hand lock & reverse until your car is parallel to the pavement, and then
STOP. It is not


To complete the parallel parking exercise 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.  If another vehicle comes. STOP; consider moving out of the way.  Get eye contact to confirm. Wait until any traffic commits them before committing your self.  Remember 360-degree observation before moving off.  No dry steering.  You could open your window slightly so you could hear any vehicle that is coming.

THE EXAMINERS WILL LOOK FOR: with Parallel Parking
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.

Parallel Parking - How do you deal with it?

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