How To Parallel Park Correctly

March 14, 2018

Straight parking is easy: be between the lines and leave enough room for you and your passenger to exit the vehicle. Parallel parking on the other hand is tricky! Here are some tips to help you effortlessly parallel park to avoid any accidents that may increase your insurance rate.

  1. The first things first: find a spot that has enough room. It should be at least 1.5 times the length of your car. You need to make sure you will have a little wiggle room for maneuvering and for when you exit the space after.
  2. Turn on your signal and align your car parallel to the car in front of your spot. Hence the name parallel parking! Line up your mirrors and bumper to the car next to you. Look around and make sure there are no people, animals or aliens crossing the street.
  3. Slowly begin to reverse while looking over your shoulder and hard turning your steering wheel all the way. Continue until the back of car beside you is aligned to the center of your passenger window. Tip! Use the car’s badge as a guideline. As you continue to back into the space, begin to turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction. Be very conscious of the space in front of you.

Practice Makes Perfect

It’s not easy but don’t worry. It may be a good idea to spend some time practicing. Devote a weekend to driving around the neighbourhood where there is less traffic and practice. Practice, practice, practice until your hand-eye-foot coordination naturally knows what to do and when to turn into a space.

In a survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association and the American Automobile Association, new drivers reported that learning to parallel park in an empty parking lot or quiet neighborhood greatly helped them understand this tricky maneuver. After mastering this technique, they not only felt more confident about parallel parking, but their incident rate for bumps and dents was 97% less than those drivers who did not.

To be extra safe, it is always a good idea to get in touch with our team to ensure your insurance policy has you sufficiently covered.