How to Parallel Park

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HOW TO PARALLEL PARK OVERVIEW Very few driving tasks are as intimidating as parallel parking. Many new drivers fail on this technique alone. In fact, many people avoid parking on the busy streets because they are not competent enough. However, it may not always be possible to avoid parking in tight spaces because sooner or later, people may be in a hurry and may have to take the nearest parking space available. Also, sometimes there may totally be no space available elsewhere apart from that only available space. Here are several steps to perform that intimidating task to perfection. INSTRUCTION Step 1: Seek out a suitable space Look for a parking spot that you can safely squeeze the car in without hitting the other cars. It is recommended you find a space that is about 1.5 times the length of your car. This will often require doing several pass-bys on the same parking space to wait for other drivers to pull away in order to get a space. Note: If you find a marked parking spot on the street, you do not need to worry about the size. Step 2: Check the rearview mirror Constantly check side and rear mirrors when you approach the spot to ensure that there is no other car driving in your tail. Signal towards that direction and slow down and then stop. If another car pulls up just behind you, maintain your position and keep on signaling. Sometimes you might have to wave the driver behind you to go around if they have not realized you are trying to park.

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