Driving Tips

Parking

Yikes, parallel parking and reversing! It actually doesn’t have to be that hard. In this section of TeenDriving.com, we give you helpful, step-by-step maneuvers and tips to help you conquer those pesky parallel parking and reversing situations. We also cover other parking topics like how to handle parking lots and parking on hills.

 


Parallel Parking

Parallel parking can be intimidating, but the key is to take it slow and not get overwhelmed. These tips should help.

The “S” Method

  • Turn on your signal and pull up three feet away from the car you want to park behind. Make sure to align your back tires with the other car’s back bumper.
  • Put your car into reverse and turn your wheels all the way to the right.
  • Very slowly back up until you are at a 45-degree angle, then stop.
  • Turn the wheels all the way to the left.
  • Back up very slowly until you are parallel with the curb.
  • If done correctly, you should be less then twelve inches from the curb. Practice will improve your judgment.

Exiting a Parallel Parking Space

  • Back up straight, as far as you can go, without touching the car behind you.
  • Turn the wheels all the way to the left, then make sure that you put your car in drive.
  • Put on your turn signal.
  • Be sure to check traffic, including your blind spot.
  • Your right fender needs to have enough room to clear the car in front of you.
  • Turn the wheels slowly to the right when you are halfway out of the parking space.
It's easy to get frustrated when practicing parallel parking. If you're having a hard time with it, just remember to take it very slow and get help from a passenger if you need to.

Parking Lots & Garages

If you’re a teen driver, you will most definitely be parking in a lot, whether it’s at school, concerts, movies, or when you go shopping. Here are some tips.

Knowing how to maneuver and park in lots and garages is just as important as knowing how to drive in traffic. Always remember to take parking lots and garages slow, and keep your eyes very open.

Parking on a Hill

Not all car accidents happen when you’re inside the car – sometimes emergency brakes can fail, and then cars can roll and smash into something, causing property damage or injury. That’s why it’s important to know how to park on a hill.

Even if you live in a relatively "flat" city, it's important to know how to park on a hill safely. Just because you don't usually have to park on a hill, doesn't mean that you'll never have to do it.

Reverse Parking

Parking in Reverse or Backing into a Space is becoming more common. Why? Because it cuts down on accidents caused by backing out of spaces into blind traffic. It also decreases the chance of your car getting broken into. Here’s a step-by-step guide of how to park in reverse.

If your car isn’t straight enough, you can put the car in drive, pull forward, and adjust your parking job.