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Parallel parking - Reverse parking

Parallel parking is a method of parking a vehicle in line with other parked cars. Cars parked in parallel are in one line, parallel to the curb, with the front bumper of each car facing the back bumper of the adjacent one. Parallel parking requires initially driving the car in reverse gear into the parking space.
The new drivers undergo through tough skills to do parallel parking - Reverse parking Parallel parking is used to save space a sit takes very less space as compared to forward parking. Drivers should have the ability to perform better with parallel parking and reverse parking.
It involves parking behind other vehicles that are parked directly alongside the kerb.

In your DSA practical test the examiner on the driving test will expect you to :
  • Reverse into a space of about two car lengths.
  • Park your car at the kerb safely, smoothly and under control.
The examiner will also be looking to see that you :
  • Take all-round observation.
  • Do not get too close to the parked car.
  • Do not mount the kerb.
  • Stop reasonably close to the kerb.

How to do parallel parking ?
  • Select space to park your car - Select a space that is at least five to six longer than your car. Bring your car parallel to other car (car which you are planning to park behind) so that you can reverse your car in the gap. At this point, you should stop and make sure that it is safe to carry on reversing.

  • Use reverse gear - Then you need to shift your gear in reverse and move slowly and carefully until you see corner of other car in your side window.

  • Adjust the steering wheel -Turn the steering wheel fully to the left so car swing to the side, and check your mirrors and blind spot to make sure that it is safe. Once you have checked this, you can carry on reversing until the front of your car lines up with the back of the other car.
    Once the car gets close to the kerb, turn the steering wheel slightly back towards the centre so that you don't mount on to the kerb. You should be at two car lengths behind the other car until you have completed the parallel parking manoeuvre.

  • Safe parking position - At this point, you can move the car slightly forwards or backwards so that you are in a safe parking position, but remember to leave enough space to come out again safely.

  • Observation - To parallel park safely, you need to make regular checks to the road in front of and behind your car to make sure that there are no dangers.

  • Use of mirrors - You should not completely rely on your mirrors while reversing your car, keep checking mirrors, the blind spots at regular intervals and make sure your moves are safe.

Crown copyright material has been reproduced by permission of the Driving Standards Agency which does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the reproduction.
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