How to do
Parallel Parking - Reverse Parking
This takes advantage of a car's manoeuvrability when driving in reverse gear. When doing this you will be something of an obstacle, so use of the mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine is important. It is also vital to keep a look-out for passing traffic.
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
Drive forward and stop parallel to, and not more than one metre away from the blue car. Select reverse gear. Look to check it's O.K. to move off. Drive back very slowly and watch for the corner of the blue car appearing in the side window.
When you can see the corner of the blue car, turn the wheel to the left one full turn. Check the road ahead and the road behind over your right shoulder. If it's safe, continue reversing until the front of the car alines with the back of the blue car.
Turn the wheel fully to the right, watching you clear the blue car.
The car will begin to swing in towards the kerb.
Here you will be close to the kerb and the blue car. Still move the car very slowly and take off some of the right lock so that the front of your car does not swing in too far. Check your distance from the kerb and from the blue car.
Keep your car within two car lengths from the blue car.
Here you should be close to the kerb. If you need to correct your position you are allowed to move forward and backwards to get it right. But too much will be frowned upon by the Examiner.
If you are not in the middle of the road and not on the kerb you should be O.K.
Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor
Parking Guide Infographic – An infographic by T W White & Sons
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