By Derrick Johnson
Parallel parking is a simple skill yet, if done properly, is truly a sight to behold. It is a well-known fact that there are a lot of men out there that cannot parallel park properly. Most of them step out of their cars in shame after holding up traffic behind them because they took such a long time to ease into a slot along a street.
So, in order to help you avoid all the humiliation of doing a poor job in squeezing between two other vehicles, here are the steps on how you can execute a perfect parallel park… like a real man.
Step 1 – Line up right beside the car in front of where you are parking. Most people think that if you want to parallel park you need to attack the space at an angle, resulting in utter humiliation. There should be 2-3 feet distance in between your car and the car right in front of you for this trick to work.
Step 2 – Put your car in reverse and slowly back up until your bumper passes the bumper of the car in front of you. And when I said slowly I mean really slow, so ease up on the gas! Going too fast will only make you miss the chance on when to turn the steering wheel.
Step 3 – Just as you pass the bumper of the car in front of you, turn the steering wheel all the way right until it will not go any further. Then once you get the rear of your car into the space, aim for the right rear corner of the parking slot while still slowly backing up. Be careful not to hit the car in front or behind you!
Step 4 – Once your car is 45 degrees to the car in front of you (no need to be exact, you can just eyeball the angle), turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and slowly back up until you are snuggly inside the parking slot. If it’s your first time to do this technique you may have to straighten out your parking a bit.
Step 5 – Put your car in park and put some change in the meter. Congratulations, you just executed a perfect parallel parking maneuver; doing a ceremonial victory dance at this point is purely optional.
You may need to practice this technique a couple of times before you can really parallel park like a pro, but it won’t take you long before you get the hang of it. Remember that you should practice parking only in a secluded street, preferably in between two trash cans to minimize the carnage in case you panic.
Now, you won’t be shaking in your pants whenever need to parallel park in the city. You bask in the adoration of your woman and who knows, you might even get some applause from passersby, or at least an agreeable nod, when they see you ease into a street parking slot in just one go.
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