Parallel parking is one of the most challenging aspects of driving. Parallel parking is also a required skill for the G2 driver’s test in Ontario. Parallel parking often stumps students while in driving school and often takes some practice to perfect. Your DriveWise driving instructor will provide you with detailed step-by-step instructions as to how you should this maneuver is performed, but here are a few tips that you should know – and follow – when you’re out on the road:
Parallel Parking Tips
- Make sure the spot is large enough
In general, the spot that you’re looking to park in should be at least six feet greater in length than that of your vehicle. This should give you plenty of wiggle room to maneuver into it. Choosing a spot that is too small can lead to fender benders, which are common in parallel parking situations from cars trying too hard to squeeze into spots.
- Be aware of your surroundings
Most parallel parking situations are in downtown areas where there’s likely to be a combination of both car traffic and pedestrians traffic. That said, parallel parking combines forward and reverse driving, so it’s important to check your blind spots often to be aware of your surroundings.
- Go slow
Usually, you don’t even need to press the gas when parking, but if you do, press the pedal lightly. Also, always make sure that you’re ready to brake quickly.
- Get a spotter
If you’re still uneasy about parallel parking or just want to be extra safe, have any passengers in your vehicle exit and act as your spotter as you maneuver.
- Practice makes perfect
Like anything, the more you do it and the more you work at it, the better you’ll get at it. This is especially true for parallel parking. But you don’t have to head downtown to practice parallel parking, just head to an empty parking lot and set up some cones to practice. You’ll be surprised at how much better you get.
For more information on how to properly parallel park, as well as other tips associated with it, contact our driving instructors at DriveWise London today.