How do you Parallel Park?

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  1. GetBetterer

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    I've never done it, never hope for it, but just in case, I need a really really good guide/video, to help me. I would prefer it be from someone who is experienced, or someone who can find an article/video. I've searched YouTube, but the spaces they have are like bus-sized, and even I could do those. So, please help me. ^^
     
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  2. Ken Honecker

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    Not much to it. You pull up beside the car parked in front of the spot you want to shoehorn your vehicle into. The key is being the right distance between your and the other car. In the olden days when cars were cars you wanted about a foot between. Since full sized rigs are rare as hens teeth you want to adjust that depending on the width of the other car. Generally 18-24 inches is a good distance for compact cars.

    Spin your steering wheel and start backing up. When you are coming in at about a 45 degree angle and the middle of your car clears the rear bumper of the other rig start turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction. In a perfect world that is about it.

    If things don't work out often you are better off pulling all the way out and readjusting the distance between you and the front car. If you were hitting the curb before you were straightened out you needed more room between you and the side of the front car. If you managed to get into the spot but found yourself too far from the curb the vehicles were too far apart when you started. Enjoy!
     
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  3. jmverdugo

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    ^^ this is basically what you have to do, there is no video or article on the net that could help you make a perfect parking the first time, or the second time or the nnn time. It is just something you will get with experience, if you are too worried then you can practice but I think is better to practice on the real life, just have patience and remember it is not a contest.
     
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    .............. but if youre a girl parallel parkin is gonna be impossible for ya :)
     
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  5. charliefedererer

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    Don't learn to parellel park just from a video.

    Don't you know anybody that will go out with you and find a very quiet street or near empty parking lot that you can practice for 20 minutes until you are competent? Put in two more 20 minute sessions on your own and you will actually be pretty good.
     
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    *cough* What's this utterance you spew forth? I excel at parallel parking I will have you know.

    To the OP: I thought you have to be able to parallel park to get your license. It is included in the test up here.
     
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    Maybe certain states are different. But in Maryland it is also a requirement to paralell park to get the liscense.

    Most poeple I see practicing in a empty parking lot using those orange construction cones.
     
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    Do you have your license? As noted by others you had to do this to get a permit when I was licensed.
     
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  11. HellBunni

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    it depends on the state, actually it depends on the city you take the test in.

    some cities don't require parallel park to get a license. some cities do.
    For example, NYC you need to know (cuz you'll need it), but Troy, NY doesn't require it.
     
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    Plenty of great info here. I would add that for me, once I get the wheel cranked all of the way over, I immediately start turning it the other direction. Just like tennis... practice, practice.
     
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    I recently taught my 16 year old daughter how to parallel park. She also had to demonstrate she could do it during her driving exam. In the exam they are totally anal about the distance to the curb the passenger side tires are, as well as how close you come to the cars on either end of the parking spot. She passed on her first attempt. I'm not sure I could have passed and I've been driving for almost 40 years.
     
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    I took my exam when I was 14 years old so I could get my "to school permit". I lived on a farm and was allowed to drive to and from school by myself from the age of 14 (or was it 15).

    I took the driving portion of my exam with my parents "Scooby Doo" van and had to parallel that thing. I did fine with that part, but still failed the first time because I was driving with one hand on the wheel for the entire test (didn't know about the 10 and 2....now 1 and 11 position). I was also driving an automatic with 2 feet.
     
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    You don't have a standardised driving test in the US then?I know through xperiance of a car that your DMV aren't linked.Does it make some tests much easier?
     
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    how do you do it? easily.
     
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    ya, I get nothin.......................... :(
     
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  18. GetBetterer

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    Near my house, the DMV or MVD whatever you guys call it, that required parallel parking closed down since the state government is running out of money. I live in Arizona, they spent $$ on National Guard troops. So, I went to the next closest one, and all they had was a 3-point turn.
     
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  19. Cindysphinx

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    Consider practicing in an empty lot with two plastic garbage cans (cones are too small to see).

    Me, I stink at parallel parking, but I am fearless. I just go for it. I have no understanding of the principles involved.

    That said, I know my limits. I taught my oldest to drive and I covered everything from parking lots to airports. The one thing I delegated to my husband was parallel parking.

    Now if you'll excuse me I have to take kid No. 2 driving. An hour negotiating residential streets repeating the phrase, "Move to your left; you're too close to that parked car." What fun!!
     
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  20. OrangeOne

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    People should remember that when parallel parking in shopping districts - you sometimes have the best assistant in the world for free - the shop windows can act as a mirror, giving you the best guide as to how far you can go back!

    Can be fun to freak people out by too - if you're using it you can go a whooole lot closer to the car behind when parking :)
     
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    On the day my daughter took her road test, she was the only person who passed. The test is that tough.

    The way it works is that you start off in front of the building, the tester in the passenger seat with you. You move forward to the stop sign at the end of the parking lot. If you do not stop with your bumper behind the white line on the pavement, you will fail. The instructor will get out, look to see if your bumper is an inch over the line, and then ask you to slide over so he can drive you straight back to the office. I know this because one poor teen driver only made it that far.

    If you make it past the first stop sign, you must proceed across the street to the testing grounds. There, you have 3 minutes to execute a parallel parking job. You must do a three-point turn. You must move the car in reverse for some huge distance. And a few other things I can't remember.

    I think one reason my daughter passed was because we outsmarted the system. See, when they check you in, they give you your evaluation sheet to give to the instructor. Everyone else took the sheet and went straight over to take the test. We sat down and reviewed the sheet -- might as well know what they're looking for, right?

    It was hilarious. You lose a certain number of points for certain errors. Failure to check mirrors was about 2 points. Hitting the curb was like 4 points. Jumping the curb completely (!) was 8 points. I don't remember how many points you could lose, but it wasn't many.

    Things were easier back in the day when I got licensed . . .
     
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    Go and find an instructor and teach you how to do that. I failed my driving test twice because of insufficient parallel parking skills (LOL!)
     
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  24. Justdoit10

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    Wow you guys had it to so hard. When I got my license, all I had to do was drive 6 times for 1 hr with a driving teacher in my high school. On the last day of driving, I drove with my favorite teacher and he quickly showed me how to parallel park. After that, we just went to dunkin donuts.
     
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  25. GetBetterer

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    Justdoit10:
    That sounds like a permit thing for us in Arizona. It's called "Drive Behind the Wheel" and we drive for 30 hours (day) and 6 hours (night) with a teacher. Then, if our grade is at least a C or above with those hours, we're allowed to get our license from the DMV by giving our "certificate" to them.
     
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  26. Ken Honecker

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    You mean there is no where in your country with one way streets with parking on both sides?
     
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