Test is next week and I don't want to fail this 2nd test :( ( Please no rude comments)
Most Helpful Guy
Stop alongside the other car so your mirrors and lined up. Put it in reverse and as soon as you are moving, start turning the wheel. The trick is to not turn TOO much, you need to be able to straighten the car back out but also have travelled far enough backwards into the space that when you start turning the other way, you won't hit the car in front of you.
What I was told was put it in reverse as described, turn the wheel one whole revolution and and you'll start to turn as you move backwards. Once you're at the right angle, turn the wheel back straight one whole revolution. As the front corner of your car passes the rear corner of the car in front, turn the wheel the other way one whole revolution and you should end up perfectly in the parking space.
That was 20 years ago in driving school, I don't remember the exact details now, but I also don't have any problems parallel parking either ;)1
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Most Helpful Girl
I'm absolute bad ass at parallel park. My coworkers, parents and friends can't parallel park and one friend can't even park in a normal car space. He doesn't understand you have to go wide so your car goes straight in the space. I've even shown him but he doesn't get it.
Hasn't your instructor shown you how to do it? Because they should have.
I'll go through it in the steps I go through, which never fails for me, but you'd need to practice it in a car.
Don't ever go forward into a parallel park (it just never works out and you almost always have to go onto the curb with your front wheel to get anywhere close to the curb), always reverse into it and wait for the road to be clear before you go in (indicate too) as the car moves out when it parks.
This is going to be so hard to explain but I'm going to try.
1. Drive up next to the car that's in front of the space you're going into, but not too close.
2. Look out the small back window (the window behind the back seat window), on the side where the car is and make sure the back of the other car, can be seen in the first HALF of that window.
3. Very slowly start moving back, but once you start moving, turn the steering wheel ONE whole turn (right if the car and space is on your right and vice versa) and keep it there as you move back.
4. In your side mirror, check you're not going to hit the other car, whilst you pay attention to how close to the curb you are.
5. When you're about half way in the space, straighten the wheel and go a little further towards the curb until the front part of the car clears the back of the other car and you know you can move without hitting it.
6. Start turning the wheel the other way to start to straighten the car into the space, keeping an eye on the curb in the side mirror and slot in behind the car in front.
You can adjust your mirror beforehand so you can see the curb and wheels better before you start. If you think you're going to hit the curb, just start again.
That should be it and you can obviously adjust it if it's not entirely straight, just avoid the curb but don't be too afraid to get close and keep an eye on how close you are to the other cars.