It is usually best to teach a new driver how to parallel park using 2 orange caution cones that represent the ends of 2 separate parked cars. You then park in between the cones. For visual learning via video, two ACTUAL parked cars are used to show how to perform the action in a real situation.
- Put key in ignition.
- Start your car.
- Put your foot on the brake pedal and shift car into drive - D.
· Drive your car until the car is positioned a few feet from the first marker.
o The markers should be seen through the front windshield of the car.
· Drive the car as to close to the markers as possible.
o The marker in front of the car is Marker 1.
o The marker in back of the car is Marker 2.
· Turn on your right turn signal to show where you’re going to park.
o On the road, using your turn signal indicates you are going to park when there is traffic around you.
o The turn signal should be used during practice to train the driver to make using your turn signal a habit when parallel parking.
o During the driving test, if turn signals are not used, you can fail.
· Drive your car up past Marker 1 until the passenger’s backseat window (the end of the window, closest to the rear of the car) aligns with the tip of Marker 1.
· Once the passenger’s backseat window is aligned with the tip of Marker 1, stop the car.
· Shift your car into reverse.
*This is the tricky part!*
To parallel park your car, imagine moving your car in the shape of an S.
· - While your foot is still on the brake pedal, turn your wheel clockwise (towards the right) as far as the wheel will turn.
· - Let your foot off of the brake pedal completely and allow the car to drift backward. *Keep your foot close enough to the brake in case you need to stop to avoiding hitting the cones or curb*
· - When the front of your car is sticking out into the street away from the curb, place your foot back on the brake pedal.
o To illustrate how your car should look when sticking into the street, imagine the image below:
o the / symbolizes your car, not quite perpendicular to the curb